How to make Hydrangea bloom


My hydrangea is still not budding. What do I need to do to get it to bloom? Is it that I did not give it enough water?

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  • Linda Sikut Linda Sikut on Sep 15, 2018

    Hi Alice,

    Are you pruning your hydrangea's? If you are, that might be the problem. Some bushes grow flowers on old wood and some grow them on new wood each year. If your bush grows on old wood and you prune it at any time of year, you might be pruning off any beginning buds for the next years. If your bush flowers on new wood and you prune it in the spring, again you might be pruning off the flower buds. The best time to prune is right after it flowers and be careful not to prune too much. Also be careful not to fertilize too much. If the bush looks healthy and green but has no flowers, that could be the fertilizer. Here's an article that explains all of this including how to prune and what to do about fertilizing. Wishing you happy gardening. -Linda

  • Teacup8885 Teacup8885 on Sep 15, 2018

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  • Michelle Leslie Michelle Leslie on Sep 15, 2018

    There could be quite a few reasons why they're not blooming - maybe this video will help -

  • If it's not blooming, it could be that it's getting pruned at the wrong time and all the bloom buds are getting chopped off. If you can research and find out what variety of hydrangea it is, you could then research how to prune that variety.

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Oct 15, 2018

    Me too. I think in my situation zone seven- it is getting too cold and the blossoms are getting killed with seasonal temperatures.

    In summer, branches produce new buds for the next spring. These buds stay dormant all winter and bloom in spring. If winter temperatures got too cold, or if there is a spring cold snap that kills the buds, non-reblooming Hydrangea macrophylla will not produce flowers that year.

    There are hundreds of bigleaf hydrangea cultivars in

    the trade, however, aside from flower type and color, the principal cultivar selection criteria is cold hardiness. Bigleaf hydrangea is rated as a zone 6 to 9 species; however, the shoot system (leaves, stems, and buds) of many cultivars are not hardy in zone 6 (areas west of Roanoke, Virginia), where average minimum tempera- tures for zone 6 are zero to minus10 F. In general, tem- peratures below zero F will kill flower buds as well as well as stems, but new stems may be regenerated from roots the following spring provided that the low winter temperatures did not kill the root system. Flower buds, but not necessarily stems, can be killed in thee range of zero to 10 F. a-big-leaf-hydrangea-for-your-garden/

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