I transplanted my healthy Hydrangea plant into the ground last fall and now it is nothing but twigs. I am watering it twice daily and fertilize with Miracle Gro once a week. It is in a north-facing flower bed in the front of our house that gets equal sun and shade. Is there anyway to resurrect it? I hate to buy another one only to have it die again. If I do purchase another one, I want to make it a container plant and not put it in the ground. Is this a good idea? We are in MO, which I think is Zone 4 or 5.
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It is possible that there are air pockets in the soil that are affecting the roots, making it difficult for the plant to take up water or nutrients. I would step firmly on the root balls to help collapse any air pockets. Flood the area with water to help fill them in.
It may also have a fungus disease, so I would treat the plant with a fungicide.
If no signs of life seem to appear, then go ahead and replace the shrub.You can grow the shrub in a pot. Just be sure the container is large enough to accommodate the plant and provides adequate drainage. It can also transplant fairly easy, but make sure it is done while dormant and get as much of the root system as possible. This article should also help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/hydrangea/growing-hydrangeas-hydrangea-care-guide.htm