KeenCarlene
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Location: Southern Connecticut

Hydrangea needs help

I live in Southern Connecticut and planted my pink hydrangea mid-July. I believe it's the Mophead variety. It's a small plant that I bought from a Home Improvement center and after a few days, it started looking quite sad! So, I bought a support ring to keep the blooms from laying on the ground and fed it Miracle Grow (I'm also watering every 2 days). The bloom heads are turning yellow/tan and drying out. It is planted along-side a fence and gets sun toward the end of the day. Should I trim the dead heads off? Is my plant dieing? I see so many Hydrangeas flourishing in our area...mine looks like it has a death sentence! BTW, I also noticed a slug in the soil nearby...should I try the old beer in a shallow dish trick? HELP :D

bullthistle
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Late afternoon sun for newly planted plants isn't good since its the hottest part of the day. You might want to deadhead the flowers to help the plant. I wouldn't use Miracle Grow now and watering twice a week is sufficient. You need to get the roots to grow not the top of the plant, so mix in some bone meal in the soil.

KeenCarlene
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Thank you, I'll give the bone meal a try and cut back on the watering.

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