hydrangea - Knowledgebase Question

Pleasant Valley, Ne
Question by wiffinpickle
May 27, 2010
I no longer get flowers on my hydrangea plant, which we transplanted to our garden several years ago - just green leaves. How do I get it to flower again?

Answer from NGA
May 27, 2010


Hydrangeas need at least 4 hours of morning sunshine in order to bloom well. Some hydrangeas bloom only on new wood that develops on old wood. If your shrubs routinely die down to ground level each winter there will be no old wood on which the new, flowering wood can develop. In this case, you'll only get flowers after those rare mild winters when the old wood does not die down to ground level. There are newer varieties of hydrangeas, such as Endless Summer, that blooms on both old and new wood so you'll have flowers each year no matter the weather.

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