Hydrangeas bloom beautifully in spring then lose color - Knowledgebase Question

Phenix City, Al
Question by calicocat400
August 9, 2007
I have several hydrangeas. Some in clay, some in rich black soil. The bloom in spring with vibrant colors, then the color fades and the flowers turn a greenish color or grayish tint. There is no color for the rest of the year. I fertilize them with cow manure. What am I doing wrong? Shouldn't they keep color throughout the summer?

Answer from NGA
August 9, 2007


Hydrangea blooms do age and as this happens, they fade so you won't see the brilliant color for more than about 3 weeks. Typically, though, they open their flowers in stages so that you'll usually have different sizes of flowers in the process of opening and maturing. I would clip off the flowers as they age. This will promote new blooms and the aging ones won't detract from the rest of the plant.

Best wishes with your garden!

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