The Q&A Archives: Climbing Hydranga in Louisville, Ky.

Question: I live in Louisville, Ky. Zone 6, I think. Bought a climbing hydranga, it gets about 4 hour of afternoon sun, not full. Am training it to climb on a trellis. Just bought/planted it this spring. No blooms yet. Will it bloom next year? Do I cut it back this fall for the winter, & if so, how much? It has a few brown leaves on it, but I don't see any bugs. What could cause this? Thank you so much for your help!!:)

Answer: Your climbing hydrangea will bloom on new shoots of the season so if you prune it back, do so in late winter or early spring so it will have time to develop new flowering shoots. It normally blooms in June or July so you should get some flowers next year. A few brown leaves aren't anything to worry about. Since you've only recently planted it, expect some symptoms of stress this summer until the roots become established in their new home. Once that happens, it should grow and bloom beautifully for you. Enjoy!

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