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Hydrangeas and sunlight


I have several new (less than 3 years old) hydrangeas. They get 2-3 hours of direct sunlight a day and wilt during that time. I want to push them to grow deeper roots, so only want to water them when they really need it. Is there a general rule of thumb for how long it should take them to perk up? - Sue -


  1. 10 months, 2 weeks ago

    Hydrangeas are water hogs and the wilting is common when the plants in direct sunlight even for a few hours. I would recommend that you put up with the wilting. Water the plants once they do not recover over night. Unfortunately hydrangeas do not have deep and strong roots so there is not much you can do. Watering less frequently will help move the roots deeper. Watering all the time will keep them on the surface.

    Dennis - Johnson County Extension

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