Getting Hydrangea To Flower - Knowledgebase Question

Webster, NY
Question by vjb
July 13, 2002
I have hydrangea that I purchased earlier this year. Only one of them is flowering, and then only one cluster. I have them in pots with potting soil and I added a little compost to richen the soil. I fertilize with an acid every other week. I am seeing alot of new leaf growth but no flowers. How can I get them to flower? or should I just be patient?


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Answer from NGA
July 13, 2002

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Based on your description I am guessing you have the bigleaf type or Hydrangea macrophylla. These bloom from buds formed on wood that grew the previous year. If the wood died back over the winter, or was trimmed off, or if a late frost damaged the buds, then there will be fewer blooms -- or no blooms -- this year. Unfortunately, the next opportunity for blooming is next summer. If you plan to overwinter them, be very careful to protect them (both tops and roots) from wind and harsh cold; this is especially important since they are in pots.

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