Keeping Your Hydraneas Lush
Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. Recently Terasa Lott asked the Making It Grow panel about viewer’s question. This person purchased and planted a hydrangea in April. She correctly sited the hydrangea to get morning sun and afternoon shade. But it quickly started having brown edges on some of those large, fleshy leaves, even though she had irrigation. Our horticultural experts reminded viewers that plants in the nursery are usually watered once a day during the growing season and it takes time for plants to grow a root ball large enough to sustain them without additional watering. Established plants need an inch of water a week during the growing season but new transplants to your yard need extra care until their root system is large enough to support the top growth. Agent Jackie Jordan suggested that a one- gallon plant needs at least six weeks of extra watering.