Hydrangea's new shoots going rotten
We bought a red hydrangea last year and it flowered no problem. This year all was going to plan then after 1 rain storm the new shoots (starting from the top) turned brown and appeared rotten (smelled strange as well). I removed all of these but flowering this year looks a remote chance. Do you have any idea what this might be and if the plant could be saved? Thanks (see photos)
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It's hard to say with any certainty what's going on from the image, but hydrangea can be inflicted with a couple of forms of root rot. One needs to have a closer look at growing conditions and other parts of the plant. Here is a document that has more detailed information on the symptoms and possible treatments: http://www.aces.edu/pubs/docs/A/ANR-1212/ANR-1212.pdf Good luck!