Only 1 Bloom On Hydrangea Plant - Knowledgebase Question

Frisco, TX
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Question by thollis51
June 21, 2002
We have 5 hydrangea plants that have bloomed in the past. This year our gardener cut them down before the spring and now we have only 1 bloom on one of the plants and no signs of blooms anywhere else. Should these have been cut down and why don't we have more blooms by now?

Answer from NGA
June 21, 2002
Hydrangea produces flowers on new shoots that emerge from last year's wood. If your plants were pruned in spring, there may be no old wood to produce flowering shoots. It's best to prune immediately after flowers fade, reducing the height of the shoots that flowered, but not removing them completely, so they'll be ready to produce new flowering shoots the following spring. Pruned properly at the end of this growing season, your hydrangea should produce flowers next spring.

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