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    Itís the first time I have ever had a Hydrangea in my garden. I bought it last year and it was around a foot high and buds were fully developed. As itís deciduous it lost its leaves over Winter and then started to put new shoots out on the existing branches. Hereís the problem. All that new growth has died and now there are leaves growing from the base of the original bare branches. There is nothing on the branches at all.

    Is this normal?

    Should I have cut the plant down, although it says thatís not necessary?

    I have seen people with lovely big hydrangeas so how will it grow if it only puts leaves out from the bottom?

    Any advice about the plant greatly appreciated!

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    Default Re: Hydrangeas a bit of help please

    That's not normal, but it does happen. Have you had a sharp frost?
    It will probably survive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cousin Jack View Post
    That's not normal, but it does happen. Have you had a sharp frost?
    It will probably survive.
    Thanks CJ! Not much in the way of frost the whole winter, rain mind you! It's certainly not behaving like any other plant I have in the garden and I do so hate it when things misbehave on me for no good reason! Maybe I need to go and do a bit of plant whispering!

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    IIRC they are a bit fussy about soil, don't like hard frosts (especially late after they have started shooting), but otherwise will grow like weeds if you keep them watered. A good dose of Sequestrene (sp?) sorts out most stuff that is fussy about liking acid soils.

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    scrape a branch that you think has died to see if it's green underneath the surface, if it is, it's still alive.

    I was told by a friend that their hydrangea was the envy of their neighbours as it was always lovely with massive blooms.... until the water leak from the water main was fixed.

    so water water water.

    I planted one last year and chose the position based on it being close to the hose pipe, so ever time I pull the hose out it gets a quick squirt to keep the soil around it moist.

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    Can we blame the Govt yet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yorick View Post
    Can we blame the Govt yet?
    I jolly well think so! I must take a class action against them and waste more public money......

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cousin Jack View Post
    IIRC they are a bit fussy about soil, don't like hard frosts (especially late after they have started shooting), but otherwise will grow like weeds if you keep them watered. A good dose of Sequestrene (sp?) sorts out most stuff that is fussy about liking acid soils.
    Quote Originally Posted by tafflade View Post
    scrape a branch that you think has died to see if it's green underneath the surface, if it is, it's still alive.

    I was told by a friend that their hydrangea was the envy of their neighbours as it was always lovely with massive blooms.... until the water leak from the water main was fixed.

    so water water water.

    I planted one last year and chose the position based on it being close to the hose pipe, so ever time I pull the hose out it gets a quick squirt to keep the soil around it moist.
    It’s still alive but even though it rains here the soil is like a sieve! Not what I was used to at all in Milton Keynes when the clay soil was sodden most of the time. I shall get out now with my watering can and give it a drink. There is mulch around it so the soil should stay damp but it looks like I might need to water daily........

    Thanks guys!

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