Non-blooming Hydrangea - Knowledgebase Question

Birmingham, MI
Question by sandra75
July 31, 2006
My hydrangea won't bloom. It gets lots of healthy green leaves but no flowers. What can I do to get flowers. It's a macrophylla type. thank you!


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Answer from NGA
July 31, 2006

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If you have a big leaf hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla), it blooms on new shoots that develop on old wood. If the plant regularly dies down to the ground each winter, there will be no old wood and therefore no flowers. A better choice for your area is Endless Summer. Endless Summer is a perpetual flowering big-leaf Hydrangea that blooms virtually all season long. And because Endless Summer can flower repeatedly on new wood, regardless of whether the plant dies back to the crown or is trimmed at the wrong time, you'll still get wonderful flowers that grow all season. Endless Summer is remarkably hardy, even to Zone 4. You won't be disappointed if your replace your non-blooming hydrangea with an Endless Summer!

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