So this plant was a present and its blossoms were already kind of wilting when I got it. I tried my best and repot it asap and watered it on a regular basis. It had a few symbols as instruction how to care for it, for example semi-shaded and lots of water. But still, the blossoms hung more each day. I was told to remove the "dead" parts carefully, which I did. I still regret it as I feel like it could have been saved.

What should I do to save this plant or what exactly am I doing wrong? And does anyone know what kind of plant it is?

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  • Is the plant indoors or outside?
    – Stephie
    Commented Jun 21, 2018 at 18:56
  • It's indoors, near a window with slight sunlight
    – nyx
    Commented Jun 21, 2018 at 21:49
  • Flowers on plants don't last for ever - they die. From your post they were beginning to die before you got the plant. It's not obvious that you are doing anything "wrong" - the plant looks fairly healthy. With luck, it will flower again next year!
    – alephzero
    Commented Jun 21, 2018 at 22:28

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It appears to be an Hydrangea macrophylla variety. These are often sold as houseplants and are only short term 'visitors', but actually they do much better outside, in a spot with soil that doesn't dry out frequently, in part shade or full sun (if the soil is kept moist), though they do get rather large planted in the ground, info here https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=122. What's odd about your plant is the lack of colour in the petals - there's a hint of blue, but the individual flowers don't seem to want to colour up and open properly. If you repotted it (hopefully into something with drainage holes at the bottom) and used potting soil that was alkaline, that would affect the colour of the flowers, but I'd expect to see a lilacy pink colour rather than blue and colourless. If you can keep the plant going till next year by planting outdoors, it may produce better flowers, though perhaps this is a variety I've not seen before, with greenish/blue flowers instead (was there a varietal name on any tag?) - the flowers it has now will fade and die back anyway, but the foliage looks quite healthy.

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