Q.Hydrangea Problems – Dying Flowers And Worms
I bought a beautiful hydrangea that flourished for 2 weeks, then there was a big wind storm and it largely died. I am trying to fix it, but all of the 10 blooming pink flowers died and I removed them. some new green leaves, root feels very hard, and today found worms under the cement planter that has a drainage hole. Thanks for your help!
The winds may have helped desiccate the plant enough that leaves and flowers dried out but regular weather might also have done that. Make sure that the plant gets direct sun until 10-11am and that the soil is kept as evenly moist -not soggy but not dry either- as you can. Paniculata leaves can tolerate more sun than that but in hot climates they may need shade by mid afternoon or so in the summer). The blooms should normally go through a plethora of color changes dependent on the cultivar and the hydrangea species that you have. If they browned out too early, I would look for environmental reasons; the plant may not have been acclimated slowly to go into direct sun from shdy conditions in the greenhouse and in the garden center. I would certainly remove the worms; perhaps take them in a sealed, transparent plastic bag to your local garden center for identification.