Hydrangea - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by zipwoman54
June 30, 2010
My Lady in Red Hydrangea doesn't have a lot of blooms and the ones that are there are not as big as they used to be. Any ideas?

Answer from NGA
June 30, 2010
Has your hydrangea been in the ground for more than a year? If so, perhaps pruning has something to do with it. Although it doesn't need pruning, if you do trim, prune shortly after flowering because flower buds are formed on the previous season?s growth (old wood) that have been on the plants for at least 9-10 months. Be careful not to overfertilize, which may impact flowering. The growers state that Lady in Red only needs a regular application once a year, usually in early spring before the new foliage appears. A granulated all-purpose 10-10-10 fertilizer is fine. The following website contains details on growing Lady in Red that may help you sort out what's happening. Good luck! http://www.ladyinredhydrangea....

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