The Q&A Archives: Lady in Red Hydranges won't bloom

Question: I bought six Lady In Red Hydrangeas over the last year. One was purchased last Fall and the other five were purchased this Spring. I fell in love with the description and photos on the Monrovia tag, but none have bloomed. Three are in ideal location (eastern side of yard, under canopy of nearby trees) and three others are in a more exposed environment (where they require more water and nuturing). I went to my local Pike Nursery, where they were purchased and none of theirs have bloomed, either! The nurseryman said they had not actually seen any Lady in Red in bloom although they have sold them for a year. The same with a local Home Depot Landscape supply -- they sell them, but have not seen any in bloom! The same with a small nursery nearby! None have had their Lady In Red make blooms!

Atlanta, Georgia is notorious for gorgeous hydrangeas. What could be the difference with Lady in Red that is making them refuse to bloom?


Lauren Whittaker

Answer: Lauren,

Very strange. I suspect the plant is just too new to most of your retailers. It is very well adapted to both your cold and heat zones. Don't prune the plants after mid summer as cutting away growth in fall or winter can cut away bloom wood. Hopefully with time and your good care those plants should settle down and start blooming right next summer. I have seen various plants take time to establish and then begin to act "normal".

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