Why do my Hydrandeas have no colorful heads - Knowledgebase Question

Lenexa, KS
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Question by rickyfstjohn
July 29, 2006
I have beautiful hydrandeas that we bought several years ago and put on the east side of our house. Eash year I cut them back in the late fall all the way down to the ground. The plants have never produced the big flowers that I associate with hydrandeas. The leaves are beautiful and green and the plants are healthy, but never any of the heads of flowers. Ifs there something I can do? I don't remember teh variety, but I do remember that the photos showed the plants with big colorful heads. Please give me some helpful advice.
Ricky St. John
Lenexa, KS

Answer from NGA
July 29, 2006
These hydrangeas bloom on old wood that grew the previous year. By pruning them down in the fall, you are removing the flowering stems for the following year. I would suggest you avoid pruning them this year (also avoid pruning in spring or early summer) and see if you get blooms next summer.

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