Fried-Looking Hydrangea Blooms

Asked June 19, 2019, 9:31 AM EDT

My neighbor's and my hydrangea blossoms look sick, almost fried looking. (excluding Annabelles, which look wonderful). The color is somewhat sad, blues are more purple, pinks are sallow, etc., and the petals are smaller than usual. What might be going on, and how shall I doctor them if I can? Some of the leaves on my plants have red spots on them. My neighbor's plants do not. My hydrangea is around 35 yrs. old (Mophead), and gets 2 - 3 hours of morning sun, and is in a well-drained location.

Baltimore County Maryland

1 Response

Please send us photos so we can see what you are dealing with. Send photos of the whole shrub and affected blooms. Many plants have been affected by wet soils and poor drainage. They do get some leaf spots and some varieties are more resistant than others. The leaf spots do not kill the plants.