Hydrangeas are relatively easy to care for and worry free bushes that are beautiful for most of the growing season. Although most people concentrate on the hydrangea flowers, a lot can be determined about the health of the hydrangea by the leaves. Most diseases and insects attack in mid to late summer. Here are the most common questions we are typically asked and detailed articles on how to identify and fix each problem.
This is the most common question we are asked about. The shrub looks healthy but isn't producing flowers. Typically there are 3 common reasons why your shrubs won't bloom. Pruning, winter damage or not enough sunlight. Click on the link to the article to learn more about this typical problem. Thankfully this is a pretty easy problem to fix.
Image of the hydrangea not blooming
Besides the bushes not blooming, there are two common categories of problems that hydrangeas are impacted by. Fungus and pests. And both mostly impact the leaves and foliage.
In a home landscape, brown spots on the leaves are usually caused by a fungus or bacteria. In most cases, the fungus or bacteria does not threaten the life of the plant, but the spots can be unattractive. These spots usually appear annually toward the end of the summer and fall. The following spring, the leaves emerge unaffected, and the spots from the previous year do not affect the plant’s ability to bloom. Click through to the article for more details on how to identify the problem as well as the best way for treatment.
If you are noticing holes being eaten in the leaves, or notice other insects damaging the leaves, you may need to treat your plants. Common pests for hydrangeas are aphids, Japanese beetles, spider mites and slugs. Of course there are several other bugs and animals that could be contributing towards the demise of your plants as well. This guide will cover the common headaches and tactics to deal with them.
Flower Colors Fade
Some hydrangeas will produce big beautiful flower-heads, but then those flowers will quick fade and turn brown or not look as pretty. While this is natural, there are some things gardeners can do to ensure the flowers stick around longer, keep their color and look healthier. The best part is most of these suggestions are relatively easy to do.