Hydrangea wilts after planting

Q: I planted hydrangeas to spruce up my yard before putting my house on the market. They were getting along just fine for over a month and then they began to fade and wilt.

A: The wilted flowers on your plants tell me that the root ball dried out once or twice after planting. I’m confident the hydrangeas will survive if you clip off the flowers and soak the roots with water.

Keep an eye out for droopy leaves to determine when to water again.