Hydrangea Won't Bloom - Knowledgebase Question

Leominster, MA
Question by wcomeau
September 19, 1998
I have a hydrangea (I don't know what kind it is) which I found on my property when we bought the home four years ago. It's been in its present location (partial shade) for two seasons now, but has never bloomed. Fertilization has been minimal. What do I need to do to get it to bloom?

Answer from NGA
September 19, 1998


Hydrangea's bloom on new wood that develops on old wood. You might be able to force your plant to bloom by pruning in the early spring to encourage new stems. Cut back some of the branches, at varying heights, and some all the way down to the soil level. The new wood that grows should produce flower buds. As new growth develops, fertilize your plant by sprinkling a cup of 5-10-10 around the base and watering it in. Hope this does the trick!

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