Can't get my Hydrangea macrophylla 'Bailday' to bloom. - Knowledgebase Question

Littleton, CO
Question by ernsthw
August 5, 2006
I planted my Hydrangea macrophylla 'Bailday' last Summer and it shows no hope at all of blooming this Summer. They are planted in medium shade. HELP!! Any suggestions?

Answer from NGA
August 5, 2006


Your Bailday hydrangea produces flowering shoots from old wood. So, pruning is important. Prune the old canes back to about 18" above ground level in the late winter or early spring. New shoots which develop from the old wood should flower for you. Hydrangeas prefer to grow in morning sun with afternoon shade. If your hydrangea is not getting a few hours of morning sun, this might cause it to grow lush and green, but not flower.

Best wishes with your hydrangea!

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