Hydrangeas and Bulbs - Knowledgebase Question

Milford, Mi
Question by lauraschacht
June 14, 2010
I have 4 hydrangeas and 1 of them has yet to start growing with the exception of 2 tiny leaves. Is there fertilizer or something I can do to help it grow? Also, I have daylilly and phox bulbs that I planted about a month and a half ago and there is no sign that they are starting to grow. Can I buy something to add to the soil to help it grow? By what time would i know that it will not grow?


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Answer from NGA
June 14, 2010

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Rather than feeding your ailing hydrangea, I suggest digging it up, amending the soil with organic matter to loosen it and help it drain well, then replanting the hydrangea. It is obviously struggling in its planting site now. Hydrangeas prefer to have 4 hours of morning sun and shade from hot afternoon sun so be sure it's getting the sunlight it craves. I think you'll see a difference in its growth rate once you improve the soil.

If you planted daylily and phlox a month ago, you should see some growth now. I'd dig them up and make sure they are healthy and at least beginning to sprout. If not, you may need to replace them. Best wishes with your garden!

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