Hydrangea Does Not Bloom - Knowledgebase Question

Brooklyn, NY
Question by GCPC4346
March 10, 1999
I have a three year old hydrangea that is large and has not bloomed ever. We have fed it and put lime and still had
no results. Please tell me what I can do to get my hydrangea to bloom?


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Answer from NGA
March 10, 1999

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In general, hydrangeas do best in a rich, moist yet well drained (not soggy) soil and appreciate some extra water during hot dry periods in the summer. However, there are several types of hydrangeas, and without knowing which type you have it's a bit difficult to make a guess as to why it's not blooming. Some hyrdrangeas, such as the oak leafed, do not bloom all that well at an early age and will not bloom following a severe winter. Other types, such as the macrophylla (big leaf), bloom only on old wood and should not be pruned except in spring immediately after flowering. If the big leaf type is killed to the ground during the winter, it will not bloom the following year. Still others, such as the smooth hydrangea "Annabelle", bloom on new growth and do best if cut down very short each spring. I hope you have some blooms this year!

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