The Q&A Archives: how to grow hydrangeas

Question: I have two hydrangea plants that never bloom. Do they require full sun or partial sun?

Answer: Hydrangeas grow best in morning sun and afternoon shade. They bloom on new wood that develops on old wood. You might be able to force your plant to bloom by pruning in the early spring to encourage new stems. Cut back some of the branches, at varying heights, and some all the way down to the soil level. The new wood that grows should produce flower buds. As new growth develops, fertilize your plant by sprinkling a cup of 5-10-10 around the base and watering it in. Hope this does the trick!

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