One hydrangea refusing to bloom

redlime(7)July 5, 2005

Hi all,

I am new here, so I hope you don't mind if I jump in with a question. I have two very old hydrangea bushes that were there when I bought my house. They used to both have beautiful blooms, but now only one blooms!

I cut the one that doesn't bloom back a couple years ago, but I left plenty of it there, and lots of old wood since I know it blooms on that. It makes tons of leaves, but no flowers. The other one looks great with a bunch of flowers.

Any ideas what the problem can be?

Thanks!

Erin

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blueheron(z6 PA)

Hydrangeas are tricky to prune. I think you probably cut off the next year's blooms even though you were careful. I don't prune hydrangeas at all except when I'm cutting them for bouquets.

And welcome to the Gardenweb, fellow Pennsylvanian!

    Bookmark   July 5, 2005 at 7:57PM
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nancycon(zone 5 W. PA)

I have a 7 yr old Hydrangea that is playing tricks on me. It was in a very hot southern exposure so I transplanted it 3 yrs ago. It bloomed well. Now it doesn't bloom at all!! I don't cut back until I see blossoms and that's not
happening> I need help too.

    Bookmark   July 20, 2005 at 10:38PM
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earthlydelights(6 pushing 7)

i have three, planted them all at the same time - 4 years ago. this was my very first year that each of them bloomed. the blooms didn't last as long, but i blame that on the pounding rain that we had early on. i was so thrilled they finally bloomed. told anyone that would listen to me. took pictures too!

i doubt you want to dig yours up since they are probably very well rooted. let it take it's nap, i'm sure it will wake up again and honor you for years to come.

    Bookmark   July 20, 2005 at 11:02PM
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alisande(Zone 4b)

The Hydrangea Forum might be able to help you. I bought my first this yearÂan Endless Summer. The developer recommends a fertilizer with a high middle number, such as MiracleGro's Bloom Booster.

Susan

    Bookmark   July 23, 2005 at 10:27AM
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