Dying Hydrangea tree

Asked July 14, 2018, 9:55 AM EDT

We had a hydrangea tree planted in our yard one month ago. We have been watering it daily. This week it looks like it is dying. Drooping leaves, discolored flowers. Can we save it? Thank you, Linda Norr

Carver County Minnesota

1 Response

The hydrangea appears to be suffering from a severe case of transplant shock. Go here to learn about that:

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If the hydrangea continues to decline, it will not recover. The vendor may have provided a guarantee that allows for its replacement. Now is a good time to discuss that possibility and make these photos part of the conversation.

In the meantime, consider whether too much water may have contributed to the plant's stress. In Minnesota, heavy rain has been common lately and the hydrangea isn't far from the down spout.