Hydrangeas Leaves Turning Brown

Category Plant Health
Hydrangeas are relatively easy to grow as long as you provide sufficient water and keep them out of the hot sun. This is a page about hydrangeas leaves turning brown.


Share on ThriftyFunThis page contains the following solutions. Have something to add? Please share your solution!


I got a hydrangea last summer. I have worked with the soil so that it changed to blue. The leaves are turning brown. Am I watering it too much or not enough?

Hardiness Zone: 6a

Brenda from South Bend, IN


You're probably watering too little. Hydrangeas like a lot of water (the prefix hydro is Greek for water). Sometimes the tips or sides of a hydrangea's leaves will appear brown. This usually happens after it has suffered a dry spell or when it goes through a period where, for whatever reason, the roots were not absorbing moisture well and then the plant suddenly gets a good watering. When cells in the leave's tips suddenly take on water, they literally swell up and burst. What you're seeing with the brown tips is actually dead plant tissue where the cells burst.

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.


Comment Was this helpful? Yes


My husband brought me a hydrangea bush, I am not sure what type, and it is curling and turning brown on the ends. We have gotten a few days of rain and I am not sure if that could effect this type of plant.

Hardiness Zone: 6a


It sounds as though your hydrangea may be suffering from a bit of transplant shock. I would just leave it alone for a bit and it should recover just fine.

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.


Comment Was this helpful? Yes


Ask a QuestionHere are the questions asked by community members. Read on to see the answers provided by the ThriftyFun community or ask a new question.

December 29, 2018

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.


I gave it a good watering in the soil and am keeping it indoors for now with the frosts. Any idea why this is happening please?


December 29, 20180 found this helpful

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.

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
December 30, 20180 found this helpful

Not enough water and some sunlight if possible (but not too much sunlight).

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
Answer this Question...

August 16, 2010

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

Answer this Question...


ThriftyFun is one of the longest running frugal living communities on the Internet. These are archives of older discussions.

August 16, 2010

Why are the leaves on my hydrangea bushes turning brown?

Hardiness Zone: 7a

By LorrB from Paramus, NJ


Hydrangeas Leaves Turning Brown

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)

By Nathalie

Comment Was this helpful? 2
Home and Garden Gardening Plant HealthMay 13, 2017
Valentine's Ideas!
St. Patrick's Ideas!
Ask a Question
Share a Post
Better LivingBudget & FinanceBusiness and LegalComputersConsumer AdviceCraftsEducationEntertainmentFood and RecipesHealth & BeautyHolidays and PartiesHome and GardenMake Your OwnOrganizingParentingPetsPhotosTravel and RecreationWeddings
Published by ThriftyFun.

Desktop Page | View Mobile

Disclaimer | Privacy Policy | Contact Us

© 1997-2020 by Cumuli, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Generated 2020-01-13 11:01:09 in 3 secs. ⛅️️ ⚡️

Add to PageAsk a Question
Loading Something Awesome!