I am having a doozy of a time with my efforts with Annabelle hydrangeas. My other one ended up dying and I replaced it with a brand new one that looked very healthy and full when I purchased it. I prepped the soil again, I loosened the root ball and thought did everything I was supposed to. It has been in the ground for about a week and its leaves, especially in the center at the bottom are already yellowing with some falling off. Any ideas or suggestions on how to keep this one from going south too?!?! Thanks! Kristen
Newly Planted Annabelle Hydrangea
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
Make sure the Hydrangea is planted in good loamy, well draining soil.
A partial shade location is preferred.
The planting hole should be dug twice as wide as the root ball and planted at the same depth as it was in the nursery pot.
Water is key until the plant starts to put on new growth.
Water from below and avoid wetting the leaves.
You should water so that the soil is moist to a depth of about 8 to 10 inches below the surface.
Hydrangea easily suffer from transplant shock, especially in hot weather.
Make sure the soil is evenly moist and not overly soggy.
Here is a link to refresh you on the care requirements.