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Advice please on Hydrangea

12 June 2017 23:04:30

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One of my favourite Hydeangea 'Anthony Bullivent' is not looking good at the moment. The leaves started to shrivel so I taught it may be on just one branch that was crossing another but it appears to be spreading. The branches seem to have life in them so  what i'm wondering is should i just cut the dead growth on the end or remove part/or all of the branch, it seems to be producing new growth at ground level. I have it about 5 years and have never pruned it. 

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Dick Dick 12 June 2017 23:24:42

Sorry Bernie, I'm afraid I cannot help. Perhaps Gerry may help. If you have healthy stems , this would be a good time to propagate new ones. i have been doing it and find this month a good time. Perhaps the problem could be in the soil.

PCON PCON 12 June 2017 23:35:12

Looks like a serious fungus attack to me, or maybe a weed killer or other chemical spilt on it. Cut away all the diseased tissue, and then give a fertiliser, containing iron, and keep it well watered if we get some dry weather. It will probably recover. Dick's suggestion would give some insurance, but make sure to use a healthy bit.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 13 June 2017 08:12:46

I would cut out anything that is dead and give it a feed to help it recover. It is good that it is growing new shoots from the base and as Dick suggested, take some cuttings. You may not get any flowers this year, but if you can keep it growing it should be fine next year. I was in a garden in the Wichlow area a few weeks ago and the hydranges had been hit by frost.

Bernie (Yellow Rose) Bernie (Yellow Rose) 14 June 2017 19:42:35

Thanks for the advice  I have given it a good feed and  fresh compost. Thanks for the reminder Dick to propagate new ones, I never know when is the right time to do this. Yes Pcon I was afraid it might be some kind of fungus as there was no chemicals or weedkiller used. I don't mind sacrificing flowers for one year Mary so long as I can keep it alive. I taught at first it was hit by frost. 

PCON PCON 14 June 2017 20:52:02

Frost would never cause that much damage to a hydrangea, even in Roscommon, whic h is a cold a area in Winter. 


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