Thursday, May 20, 2010

Is my hydrangea dying?!?!?!?!?!?!? - please help!?

Hey all. We recently had to make way for a driveway extension. In doing so we had to transplant 2 beautiful, very well established, in bloom hydrangeas. Now in my research prior to moving them I did see this is a terrible time of year for doing this. But the drive way needed to be dont and it was either we transplant the hydrangeas or they would have just been ripped out and trashed. SOOOOO its been 2 days and already the leaves and branches are looking limp. We've been watering 2 times a day and I'm hoping for a turn around. Anyone out there with any other tips or ideas to help us save these babies???

Is my hydrangea dying?!?!?!?!?!?!? - please help!?
Were you able to save a decent rootball with each? A good rule of thumb is that if you have to cut out roots, you should get rid of at LEAST the same amount of green growth. You might need to give the bushes themselves a good trim back, including blooms (sad, I know...but better than losing a whole beautiful hydrangea!). Keep on the watering (but keep an eye out for water-logged soil), give them each a haircut, and just hope that they bounce back. Good luck!


It might seem like you're doing more damage by cutting off branches, but you're actually helping it out by decreasing the plant's need for water. Leaves need water, plain and simple, so more leaves means a larger water demand, and cutting off greenery (especially stuff that's already damaged) will help the plant balance out after a troublesome transplant. Good luck!

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