Hydrangea leaves are wilted and look wind burnt.
I live in South Alabama. Plant zone 8b. I purchased an Incrediball Hydrangea in April of this year. I planted it immediately and it has bloomed and looked beautiful. In the last few days the leaves have looked wilted and wind burnt. It is planted next to our air conditioning unit. I have a moisture meter and it reflected it was dry but when I stick my finger in the soil, it feels moist. I do not want to loose my hydrangea. What do you suggest I do? If I need to move it, I will. Thank you for your help. Jenny Allen
The air conditioner unit may certainly be the cause of the leaf damage and plant decline.
It's possible that as the plant grows it will be less disturbed by the air movement of the AC unit; but moving it may be the safest way to save the plant.