What's wrong with my hydrangea?

Asked July 25, 2017, 6:03 PM EDT

We have been trying to grow these plants in this spot for 6-7 years. They always die. But we keep trying. The plants in the photo are brand new. Two weeks old. This time we mixed Pete moss with the soil. Still no luck. Please help!

Anoka County Minnesota hydrangea horticulture

1 Response

I can't say what happened the other times you planted here, but the photo you've sent shows symptoms of transplant shock. Read here:
https://www.extension.purdue.edu/extmedia/bp/bp-31.html

Transplanting a tree or shrub is very stressful for the plant. So transplanting should be done with great care. Please read here:
https://www.extension.umn.edu/garden/yard-garden/trees-shrubs/planting-and-transplanting-trees-and-s...

While too much water is a possibility (the "bathtub effect" described in the Purdue publication above), Anoka County is notorious for its sandy soils, so too little water might be the problem. If your plant does not make it through this transplant shock, you should figure out how quickly your soil drains before planting there again. Read here:
https://extension.tennessee.edu/Williamson/Horticulture/Consumer%20Horticulture/DIY%20Soil%20Drainag...