Fertilizing Hydrangeas - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by blake_assoc
November 9, 1997
What should be used to fertilize hydrangeas, and when should fertilizer be applied?

Answer from NGA
November 9, 1997
Hydrangeas, as well as most other ornamental shrubs, should be fertilized only when actively growing--not to force them grow. Once growth begins in the spring, apply 1/4 pound of 12-6-6 or 8-8-8 as a top dressing around the base of the shrub. An annual application of compost is an alternative.

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