The Q&A Archives: Hydrangea not blooming

Question: We moved into a new home 2 years ago which already had a hydrangea planted on the SE side of the house (up against the basement wall). I have yet to see it bloom. This year, the foliage was killed by a late frost, but has made a good comeback and is now about 2.5 to 3 ft high. The soil seems to be fairly well-drained on this side of the house, and it receives 5-6 hours of direct sunlight in the heat of the day (11am -5pm). Another factor involved is that it is surrounded by a variegated periwinkle that grows taller than any I've ever seen (up to 2 ft.). Should I transplant it -- if so, when and to what environment?

Answer: Your hydrangea is probably in a good location, so moving is not a necessity. Hydrangea's produce blossoms on stems that grow from last year's wood. After the plant blooms, the stems that flowered should be cut to the ground to encourage new stems to grow. The stems that have not flowered should be left to develop buds so they'll bloom the following year. Sounds like all your plant needs is another year to prove itself. The Vinca groundcover should have no effect on the hydrangea's performance.

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