Hydrangeas forum: Hydrangea bush

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MKC
Jul 23, 2016 8:52 AM CST
This year my hydrangea bush did not produce any flowers. My neighbor's are all in full bloom. It looks very green and healthy otherwise. What can I do in the future to make it flower?
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Name: Sue
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sooby
Jul 23, 2016 8:59 AM CST
Welcome! Do you know what kind of hydrangea it is? If not, could you give us a little more information so we know which might grow in your area, such as roughly your location and/or your hardiness zone. Has it flowered before and if so what colour were the flowers? Have you pruned it at all, and if so when? Some only flower on last year's wood, so pruning at the wrong time can remove the flowers. Or if it is one that isn't hardy enough in your area the winter may kill the buds.
Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Jul 23, 2016 10:32 AM CST
Welcome! to garden.org. We do need to know your location to advise you better.

Your plant looks like it has all nice new growth there. Did you prune it back this spring? If so you probably pruned off the growth from last summer that would have bloomed this year.

Rule of thumb with most hydrangeas is to just cut off spent flowers in the fall, and if you need to prune to keep it down to size, take out the oldest stems right at the base but don't cut off any summer growth if you can help it, because that's where next year's flowers will be.
Elaine

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Wally2007
Jul 23, 2016 11:23 AM CST
I have a variety of Hydrangea in my yard. Only one blossom is appearing at this stage. I am primarily concerned with both Lady in Red and Tokyo Delibght Lace. The photos which I've posted are todays (drooping from heat, well watered) and last years appearance. I've had these for at least 5 years and they have done well, of course with my TLC. I've heard that (Zone 6) with the adverse spring we have had, is possibly the reason I see no blooms. Totally Concerned. The blossoms you see are last years photos. I'd like to further mention on one of the lace plants there is one blossom which can't be seen on the bottom part of the lace. I have several photos of the other hydrangae which never bloomed at all this year. Please advise


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Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Jul 23, 2016 12:13 PM CST
Wally, if you don't see anyone else's hydrangeas blooming either, then I think you can blame the weather. Otherwise, it might again be the pruning problem, as we explained to the previous poster. If you pruned your hydrangeas this spring, or even too much last fall, you may have cut off this year's blooms.
Elaine

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sallysmom
Jul 23, 2016 1:33 PM CST
This is one of the best sites I have ever seen with lots of good info on taking care of the different types of hydrangeas. Worth a look.
http://www.hydrangeashydrangeas.com/index.html
Name: Walter Fritsch Jr
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Wally2007
Jul 23, 2016 3:08 PM CST
dyzzypyxxy said:Wally, if you don't see anyone else's hydrangeas blooming either, then I think you can blame the weather. Otherwise, it might again be the pruning problem, as we explained to the previous poster. If you pruned your hydrangeas this spring, or even too much last fall, you may have cut off this year's blooms.

Thanks for your advice. I may have pruned to late into the season. That being the case should I just leave everything as is, and I should see blooms next year??

Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Jul 23, 2016 3:18 PM CST
That's right.
Elaine

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