Hydrangea's did not bloom - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by karenbfresco
March 10, 2010
Last year I received some potted hyndrangea plants. Once the blooms died I planted the plants at the front of my home which has an eastern exposure. The plants grew and the green leaves came out, but I did not get 1 flower. I have 4 different plants and not one of them produced any flowers. What can I do this year to get flowers?
Thank You

Answer from NGA
March 10, 2010
Your potted hydrangeas, or florist's hydrangeas, are big leaf hydrangeas that were forced to bloom out of season. They may take a few years to get back into the right blooming cycle. These plants develop flowers on new growth that develops on old wood. If your hydrangeas die down to ground level they may never bloom for you. If they don't die down, you can prune them back each spring just as new growth begins. Cut all the stems down by about a third. The new growth that develops on the shorter stems of old wood should produce flowers for you. Hope this clarifies things for you!

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