The Garden Community for Garden Lovers

By Shermos

Pennsylvania, United States Us

My dear husband decided to take someones advice and use a vinegar and water mixture and put it around my hydrangeas killing all but one, the large one is half dead. The ones that look dead have maybe one or two leaves that are "alive". Any hope for them or do I go back to the person who gave the original advice and give them some advice????

On plant Hydrangea



Thank You!!!

10 Jul, 2010


Oh what a shame, vinegar is a strong acid that kills some plants, but other plants don't respond as harshly to vinegar. Keep them well watered and its a waiting game to see?
Apparently you can use cider vinegar in gardens its full of minerals/nutrients but it has to be a very weak solution, or it can be used to soften hard water? so this is I expect how you got given poor information?

10 Jul, 2010


Blue flowered hydrangeas benifit from a fertilizer for acid loving plants. Pink from alkaline based. Miracle-gro makes both. I think all you can do is provide a lot of water and hope to dilute any left-over vinegar.

10 Jul, 2010


I'm interested in what the purpose of this mixture was, what was it meant to do?

10 Jul, 2010


this is often used as a weed killer. The vinegar is a weak acid with a pH of 4 or 5 but if it is concentrated then it will certainly see off many plants. dilute the soil area with plenty of water. Hopefully they will recover.

10 Jul, 2010

How do I say thanks?

Answer question

Related photos

  • Hydrangea petiolaris (Hydrangea petiolaris (Climbing Hydrangea))
  • Woodland border with addition of new blue hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla (Hortensia))
  • Holding on to Summer (Hydrangea petiolaris (Climbing Hydrangea))
  • Hydrangea 'Pink Jewel' (Hydrangea paniculata (Hydrangea))

Related products


Related questions

Not found an answer?