How do I get my hydrangea to bloom?

kimhenkeOctober 19, 2008

I live in West virginia where it freezes in winter. I planted a Hydrangea about 4 years ago and it hasn't bloomed, but the plant is getting bigger every year. Do I have to cut it back in the fall, and if I do When? Do I have to protect the plant in the winter? Do they like acidic or alkaline soil? I am desperate fojr help, I love hydrangea flowers and want desperately to help it bloom. Thanks. Kim in WV

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First it is good to identify what kind of hydrangea you have. If it blooms pink or blue then you have H. macrophylla which should NOT be pruned in the fall (otherwise you cut the flower buds off).

What gardening zone are you in? Perhaps zone 5? If so, you might also be getting winter freeze on the buds and killing the flowers that way. 'Endless Summer' is one hydrangea was developed to overcome winter bud kill because it can bloom on new wood.

Please look at the site below for lots more information about caring for hydrangeas.

Here is a link that might be useful: Very good site on the care of hydrangeas

    Bookmark   October 19, 2008 at 7:18PM
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Question...if a hydrangea will not bloom because flower buds were pruned off, then is it absolutely hopeless? Should the plant just be dug out and replaced with a new one?

    Bookmark   July 7, 2011 at 10:13PM
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