Made sure they were well watered. But then went droopy again. Since this is affecting only a part of your plant, it is not likely to be a disease such as phytophthora root rot, which causes yellowing foliage in addition to wilting leaves and would affect the whole plant. Climbing hydrangea can reach heights of 40 ft. to 50 ft. and a spread of 5 ft. to 6 ft. GG48, I haven't ever seen a climbing hydrangea less than an hour away in my relatively rural area, so while it is common in some areas, I honestly don't think I could have bought mine other than mail order. Some of us live in horticulturally impoverished regions! It does look like your local soil is quite different from the soil in the hole where you planted it, just from the little I can see of the photo. When the plant goes dormant then I try to supply water every two weeks if it is dry (obviously, in cold climates where the soil freezes, you do not need to do that). 1. Place in a vase filled with fresh water. Another alternative might be to put the plant in a pot and grow it there for a while until it is older and looks like it can handle things better. Dead blooms on mophead hydrangeas can, in mild areas, be removed just after flowering, but it is best to leave them on the plant over winter to provide some frost protection for the tender growth buds below. Climbing hydrangea is misunderstood. It is the reason I stopped trying to plant them now & thru summer here in Tx. So long as you do not forget about the potted plant of course! 2. As the season wanes the blossoms become pinkish, and then brown. While generally easy to establish and grow, hydrangeas … I did not see any browning of leaves but some may occur during transport/mail even if all is ok. All I could tell is that the stems are quite small, new (look white-ish) and need TLC. If they were shipped as bare root - no soil or container, just the roots in some sort of protective covering - then I would strongly urge to pot up and grow on for a season. And maintain the soil as evenly moist as possible. Hydrangea wilting results from overwatering, underwatering, extreme temperature, and cold drafts. Avoid cutting in the middle of the afternoon, aim for the morning or the evening when the stem is less vulnerable to heat stress. If you have luck with reblooming, let me know your method for success. Archived. I took off the dead ones as indicated. Fertilize again after … If a branch of your hydrangea is dying back,  it is important in any case to prune those damaged branches as soon as possible in order to ensure that the remaining part of the plant remains healthy: the stressed parts of a plant are more vulnerable to both insect pests and disease that can then affect the plant as a whole. Is it possible that this is what has happened in your case? Still wilted. My limelights to great with less water.... my Twist and Shouts look like that with extreme temps even though they have been in the ground for several years. I water in Spring 1 gallon per plant. The climbing hydrangea (\"Hydrangea anomala petiolaris\") has many similarities to the upright shrub nydrangeas. Thanks for the advice. Climbing hydrangea The leaves of my evergreen climbing hydrangea have a nasty tendency to go brown and dry. But now it is slowly dying off but as if something is spr… I will pot it and put in bright shade when it arrives, thanks to you guys! So try to keep the soil as uniformly moist (not dry, not wet) as you can. It has a reputation as a temperamental thug, one that takes too long to grow and then grows too much when it does. ;>). Summer is not a good time to plant these guys for the reasons that you have discovered. In the deep south, try to stay away from the sun at 12pm. I would just add to Bab's comments that unless it is something unusual that you cannot find locally, I would put mail order plant shopping as a last resort. It may have suffered some stress from the bright sunlight location. I find them usually too small to be planted directly into the garden and grow them on for a season in a container before planting in the ground. Because the vines become so large and heavy over time, be sure that the host structure can support the weight of the vines. So do not worry about this. They have been healthy for 5-6 years. I mail ordered 2 climbing hydrangeas and they arrived looking less than stellar, but that was to be expected. But have faith friends, Hydrangea anomala petiolaris is a victim of hasty judgement. Climbing hydrangea needs a rich, moist, well-drained soil. These plants tend to be overly stressed, both by removing them from any soil and by shipping. Climbing hydrangeas tolerate just about all levels of light but seem to do best with even levels of low lighting, this helps produce the big lovely flowers everyone wants. Roots bare of soil or growing in a small container? Begin watering close to the crown as there are not yet too many roots growing away from it. A, "very slow stream" from the hose for a few minutes daily if very hot or every other day if not as it's a new planting. This way it gets bright shade. Plant it when the shrub is older and the wood looks more dark or looks woody (you usually notice wood-y colors when the plant goes dormant in the Fall). The plant can be expected to grow anywhere from 2 ft. to 5 ft. a year once established. Weather.com released their guesses for March 2017 and it is going to be much warmer than average for the bottom layer of the country so, you probably/hopefully do not need to worry much about cold weather issues. Mopheads should be planted to get dappled sun or morning sun only. Climbing hydrangeas require a consistent moisture level of 1" per week. Watering. when mine were suffering, their new growth all came up from the ground and not old wood... even endless summer reblooming variety died. Even if you don't tinker with the hue by changing the soil, hydrangeas have an entertaining range of uses in all kinds of landscapes, This long-blooming eastern North American native shrub finds a home in landscapes around the world, The exuberant mop-headed beauties evoke dreams of an endless summer by the sea, If the August heat is wilting your enthusiasm, try these playful ideas to jump-start your gardening moxie, Update your hydrangeas, catch up on tomatoes and more ways to enjoy your California garden in June, Dappled with coneflowers and bursting with hydrangeas, a romantic European garden near the Julian Alps inspires enchantment, We all need somebody to lean on. If no other lesson, gardening has helped me develop at least a tiny smidge of patience over the years. The good news is that it will get better in future years although wilting/etc will not go completely away. If not and the potting soil was dry, it may not have wetted due to texture differences. Wilting in plants is due to a deficiency of water in the leaves and stems. Its been well watered and was perking up. Climbing hydrangea's roots cannot tolerate standing water. Mishandling that leads to root damage, transplant shock, repotting in the wrong season and fertilizer problems are also responsible for this. Hi Will, For Shasta Daisy, dead head to right before a branchlet with a new flower bud forming. Toggle navigation. If the problem gets worse, I would expect the edges of the leaves to brown out inwards but, I could not tell from the picture. And once they recover you will still need to be patient :-) Climbing hydrangeas are very slow to begin growth and ever slower to reach a flowering size/age, sometimes as much as 10 years for tiny starts like yours. 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