Hydrangea not flowering after pruning to the ground

eric_o(6)August 5, 2009

Hello everyone,

I've got a mophead type hydrangea that was replanted in another location last year after some landscaping work. It was wilting terribly in the summer heat so this spring I cut it back almost to the ground. Since then it has grown back beautifully, but not a single bloom. One of my neighbors informed me it will likely never bloom again. Is this true or will it just not bloom until next year? Thanks!

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lalala

I'm no hydrangea expert, but you almost certainly have one of the types that blooms on old wood, so when you pruned it you cut off this year's blossoms. Leave it alone this winter and you'll probably have flowers next year! The wilting was normal given the circumstances; hydrangeas tend to wilt easily in summer heat, especially when they're young or recently transplanted. It should be less prone to wilting once it's better established.

    Bookmark   August 5, 2009 at 10:59AM
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lalala

I'm no hydrangea expert, but you almost certainly have one of the types that blooms on old wood, so when you pruned it you cut off this year's blossoms. Leave it alone this winter and you'll probably have flowers next year! The wilting was normal given the circumstances; hydrangeas tend to wilt easily in summer heat, especially when they're young or recently transplanted. It should be less prone to wilting once it's better established.

    Bookmark   August 5, 2009 at 11:15AM
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orchidacea

lala is correct...your plant blooms on old wood, so the flower buds for this season were actually set last summer...so you cut the plant to the ground, you cut all the flower buds off from last yr...now that the plant is growing back, very often, the re-growth plants are quite vigorous...if you want blooms next yr, and prove your neighbor is wrong, do not prune for the yr, and no spring pruning next yr, no way, no how...then offer good winter protection for the bare sticks (this forum has a lot of topic threads on the subject)...feed the plant nicely next spring..and wait for the big blooms to welcome you..good luck.

    Bookmark   August 5, 2009 at 3:54PM
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eric_o(6)

Thank you both for the information! It looks great now, despite the lack of blooms, so I won't prune at all and will protect it over the winter and see what I get. Glad to know I didn't permanently damage it!

    Bookmark   August 5, 2009 at 9:06PM
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