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Name: Lee Anne Stark
Brockville, Ontario, Canada (Zone 5a)
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threegardeners
Aug 7, 2017 6:21 PM CST
Hi
Every hydrangea I see is huge and bushy and blooming. Mine is about a foot tall and blooming low, almost on the ground under the leaves.
Any ideas why?
Name: Rj
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crawgarden
Aug 7, 2017 7:54 PM CST
What variety of hydrangea do you have?
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Name: June
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JuneOntario
Aug 8, 2017 1:20 PM CST
Is it blooming on this year's growth, or last years?
Name: Lee Anne Stark
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threegardeners
Aug 8, 2017 7:01 PM CST
It seems to be last year's growth it's blooming on...no idea what kind.....
Name: June
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JuneOntario
Aug 9, 2017 6:32 AM CST
Thinking back to last winter (how long ago it seems, now!), during really cold weather did the bush only have snow covering the lower part, leaving the top exposed? I ask because I have found that hydrangeas that bloom on old wood have trouble flowering after a bad winter. Sometimes entire branches die back to the snow line - but I'm in a colder zone than you.
Name: Lee Anne Stark
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threegardeners
Aug 9, 2017 7:09 PM CST
It was fully covered...it's where hubby snowblows the snow to...it was very cozy..
Name: June
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JuneOntario
Aug 10, 2017 6:52 AM CST
Not a problem with winter bud-kill, then! Let's think even further back, to last summer. Did the top growth get plenty of sun to "ripen" the branches before winter? (I'm not sure this is the right term, but I think the branches needs a certain amount of heat/light to mature enough to develop next year's flowers).
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threegardeners
Aug 10, 2017 10:57 AM CST
Yes! We bought it last fall in full bloom.
Name: June
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JuneOntario
Aug 10, 2017 4:34 PM CST
If it was planted less than a year ago, maybe it just needs more time to get established before it will flower normally. My Hydrangea 'Pinky Winky' took three years to produce any blooms at all!
Name: Sandy B.
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Aug 10, 2017 4:59 PM CST
threegardeners said:It was fully covered...it's where hubby snowblows the snow to...it was very cozy..


Hmmm.. DH managed to kill off one of my rhododendrons by snowblowing onto it. I think the snow might have become too compacted and smothered it. Sad
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Name: Lee Anne Stark
Brockville, Ontario, Canada (Zone 5a)
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threegardeners
Aug 10, 2017 6:41 PM CST
This thing's lush and green and bushy...it's just freakishly short...maybe I planted it too deep?
Name: June
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JuneOntario
Aug 11, 2017 7:31 AM CST
I think we need to find out what variety of hydrangea it is, to learn what its growth should be like. Do you still have the bush's nursery name tag, or do you recall the name? A picture might also help to ID it.

Planting deep might actually be a good thing if it was grafted or if it is liable to die back in harsh winters. As long as there is no sign of rot where the stem enters the soil, it should be fine.

I would not worry about lack of height yet, as in the first year after planting the bush is likely to be spending more energy on growing roots than branches.
Name: Lee Anne Stark
Brockville, Ontario, Canada (Zone 5a)
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threegardeners
Aug 11, 2017 8:55 AM CST
Sorry, don't have the tag. It's blooming on new growth...I just checked. Pictures:
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Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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crawgarden
Aug 11, 2017 9:34 AM CST
Nice looking bloom!
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Name: Lee Anne Stark
Brockville, Ontario, Canada (Zone 5a)
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threegardeners
Aug 11, 2017 9:43 AM CST
Thanks! Just wish I could see it!
Name: June
Rosemont, Ont. (Zone 4a)
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JuneOntario
Aug 11, 2017 9:53 AM CST
I'm not an expert, but I don't think It's H. arborescens because the leaf is not smooth. I'm doubtful that it's H. paniculata, which has a sort of long, pointy inflorescence. Both of the aforementioned species flower on new growth, and so you would expect to see flowers on the ends of all those healthy-looking new shoots. It could be H. macrophylla, which flowers on old wood. It doesn't look as if there is much old wood in those photos. What happened to last year's branches seems to be the big question! Was the bush pruned this year?
Name: Cybrczch
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cybrczch
Aug 11, 2017 10:09 AM CST
My guess is that it's one of the newer remontant (reblooming) cultivars of H. macrophylla, as they've flooded the nurseries and box stores in the past 10 years. "Endless Summer" or one of its ilk. Especially in northern climates, where the non-remontant varieties tended to grow well but would experience dieback in the winter, taking out all the flower buds forming on old wood. These still die back, but since they bloom on new wood, you'll get flowers. The plants just don't get as large as the other varieties of hydrangea that survive and bloom reliably up north.
Name: Yardenman
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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Yardenman
Aug 12, 2017 6:10 AM CST
There are dwarf hydrangeas...
Name: Linda
Omaha, N.E (Zone 5b)
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Freedombelle
Aug 18, 2017 10:12 AM CST
I have a Hydrangea that was in a pot full bloom. Planted it in the yard and it has been there for 4 years and no more blooming, but lush green leaves every year, and has never been pruned. In one of my neighborhood walks I talked to a neighbor and told her how nice hers looked, she said it has been 5 years in the making and finally bloomed this year....so I am hoping next year for it to bloom, if it does not I am going to buy a new one and try again. I am pretty sure mine is a mophead variety.
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Name: Rj
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crawgarden
Aug 18, 2017 11:50 AM CST
Linda, Do you know the variety?
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