What's happened to my hydrangea?
SillyTilly Posts: 32
I moved this hydrangea from a shady spot to a sunny after 12 spot last spring and was hoping for more flowers this year but hardly any have come up. Any ideas why? I'm watering it quite often, though not every day, it had a good soaking last night.
I think a good pruning and some feed next spring will perk it up a bit too.
The second one looks a bit stressed too ... is there a membrane under the gravel? How much food and water does that one get?
Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.
The one in the front only gets evening sun as the front of the house faces north. And I have privits around the garden. And i'll admit I always forget to water that one. There is a membrane. It was tiny when I got it (bargain bin) so it's come on nicely.
'You must have some bread with it me duck!'
I’ve got two hydrangeas about twice the size of yours, in dappled shade - they face north-westerly with smallish shrubs behind. This keeps them nicely green and producing flowers.
In spring when they started growing I pruned back the long straggly stems that were a couple of years old, stimulating growth lower down. Also removed the dried heads of last year’s flowers.
Early summer when buds started to form, I fed with tomato food. I would usually feed them twice more until end July but haven’t done so with this hot weather.
At the moment I’m giving them 2 watering cans (7 litre size watering can) of water probably 5 days out of 7. They soon tell me when they are thirsty by drooping. I try to water them before that stage !