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Hardiness Zone: 6a
Brenda from South Bend, IN
This kind of browning can also happen to plants when they are initially transplanted and are suddenly given a heavy dose of water. Keeping your hydrangea consistently watered will prevent this from happening.
In general, over watering is usually followed by yellowing leaves that turn black at the edges. When under watered, leaves will droop and then turn brown.
Hardiness Zone: 6a
This isn't all that uncommon, especially with potted plants that are transplanted in the garden and suddenly receive large doses of water. Your plant probably didn't received enough moisture at some point while in the pot at the nursery.
Once planted and exposed to a couple days of rain, the leaf cells probably become overwhelmed from the sudden change in moisture levels, which caused them to swell up and burst.
The brown tips indicate the cells that were destroyed. In a short time the leaves should toughen up and form a sort of "seal" that will prevent this from happening in the future. You can help by keeping your hydrangea watered on a consistant basis.
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I bought endless summer hydrangeas last week and the leaves turned brown. I'm not sure what happened. Is it because of the weather? The past days, it snowed and the temperature dropped to -2 degrees.
What to do?
If you have the plant outside the leaves have been damaged with frostbite. This happens in very cold weather and can really damage the plant. I would move the plant to a bit warmer place until the weather clears up. Remove the damaged leaves and this should be fine.
It looks like your plants are still in rather small pots and if these (with no protection) were in -2 degrees for over 4 hours it is possible your plant roots were frozen and the plant may actually die.
If you plan to plant these outside be sure to check what type of care they will need - summer and winter - in your USDA zone.
Some types will grow in these zones but not all species:
: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
If you do not know your zone you can check it here:
You can Google Hydrangeas care with your zip code or your USDA zone and find out how to care for them. This is very important as you'll need to know how and where to plant as well as how to water and fertilize.
Here is a good site but you also need a site specific to your area.
I got a new hydrangea (runaway bride) and put it a large pot with half garden soil and half ericaceous. The leaves keep turning brown at the ends.
It might not have been watered enough prior to you getting it and that is why the leaves are brown at the tips now. See what happens in a week or so.
Not enough water and some sunlight if possible (but not too much sunlight).
I Have a hydrangea tree (Pee Gee) and it's in partial to full sun. Only one side is blooming and the leaves are starting to turn brown and die. What can I do to revive my tree?
Hardiness Zone: 5a
By sara from South Bend, IN
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Why are the leaves on my hydrangea bushes turning brown?
Hardiness Zone: 7a
By LorrB from Paramus, NJ
First, make sure your hydrangeas are in the right place. They should be in an area that isn't full sun. In Texas, we always grow them on the north side of a house in either partial sun or shade. If that's it, how often are you watering? Is the soil moist or dry before you re-water? (06/12/2010)