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What's happened to my hydrangea?

SillyTillySillyTilly 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.


  • SillyTillySillyTilly Posts: 32
    The one in my front garden is faring slightly better.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 83,943
    edited July 2018
    When you say 'a good soaking' ... how many buckets full?  The first one looks thirsty to me.  Sunny after 12 means quite a lot of sun ... that may be too much for it unless it's in a permanently damp spot.

    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.

  • SillyTillySillyTilly Posts: 32
    edited July 2018
    Probably 1 bucket full.  Should I prune pr now or wait until spring?
    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.

  • IamweedyIamweedy Posts: 1,364
    I think mine is too dry to flower and something is nibbling at the buds. 

    'You must have some bread with it me duck!'

  • Jason-3Jason-3 Posts: 383
    Both need additional water...hydrangeas are amongst the most thirsty plants in the gardens. They also don't thrive in glaring afternoon sun
  • SillyTillySillyTilly Posts: 32
    Really? It wasn't thriving in the shade either.   :s  what's best?  Its a South facing garden but with trees in over the backs garden making it mostly shady at the back.
    Sorry for this long reply but it might be of use to someone.

    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 !
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