Hydrangea's Have Never Bloomed

Tom333(6)April 6, 2014

I have several Hydrangea plants that have been in my garden for at least 5 to 10 years. I have had maybe one small bloom on one of them in all that time. I don't know the type, but they were transplanted outside from Easter/Spring greenhouse gift giving plants. They have grown well and look very healthy all summer but never bloom. I have pruned and not pruned, and still nothing. I read somewhere that Florist type Hydrangeas don't bloom once you transplant them in your outside garden. I am open for any information and suggestions anyone can offer,

Bloomless in New Jersy

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Loretta NJ Z6

I have a lacecap florist hydrangea that did bloom but took 5 years or so. I have to check the leaves to see if it is a mac or serrata but it's too early yet.
Do the terminal buds on the old stems live through the winter?

    Bookmark   April 21, 2014 at 12:50PM
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If it is the type that blooms on old wood, your blooms may be killed off by winter weather. Especially this year. What is their exposure?


    Bookmark   April 21, 2014 at 12:56PM
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Hi, very often the hydrangeas purchased that are solely greenhouse grown and forced to bloom do not do well outdoors. My parents had a similar situation. I would recommend purchasing either an Endless Summer hydrangea or Forever Summer as they tend to bloom regardless of winter damage. The other thing to always remember with Hydrangeas is NEVER prune after Aug1. this is when the hydrangea sets its buds for the next season, so trimming past August results in few or no blooms. Hydrangeas also need at least a few hrs of sunlight per day to yield blooms. If it's in a very shady area it won't blossom easily. Hope that helps!

    Bookmark   June 18, 2014 at 1:17PM
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Loretta NJ Z6

Are the stems fresh green or wood?

    Bookmark   June 18, 2014 at 9:11PM
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