The Q&A Archives: Penny Mac Hydrangea

Question: Hello: I have received much conflicting information on whether my Penny Mac should get sun or shade or how much sun or how much shade. This is my first hydrangea and I purchased it approx. 6 weeks ago. The plant/leaves are doing well and its even gotten a little bigger BUT, no blooms! The instructions that came along with the hydrandgea said to plant in full shade. It is currently getting part shade and part sun. I really want it to bloom! Can you give me insight as to whether it seems to be in the right location? It gets morning sun for approx. 2 hours, then sun that is filtered through a fence for another 2 hours and then shade for the rest of the day. Does it need more sun? Does it need more shade?

Answer: Hydrangeas are fairly adaptable but seem to grow and bloom best when they receive morning sun and filtered afternoon shade. Sun makes them grow and bloom, but hot afternoon sunshine will make the leaves wilt, which makes a pretty pathetic looking shrub. Usually they perk up overnight, but then begin to droop when hot afternoon sunshine hits them again.

Give your Penny Mac well-draining soil, water her deeply once (or twice) a week, and provide morning sun - afternoon shade and she should perform well for you. Your hydrangea will set flowers on new wood that develops from old wood. She's not quite ready to bloom for you this year, but should by next summer. Enjoy!

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