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Hydrangea Glam Rock

Can anyone please advise, I purchased 2 Glam Rock plants and they have grown lovely in a container using ericaceous compost quite vigorous growth but NO flowers, so disappointing as I was so looking forward to seeing these gorg colours.  Will they not flower the first year?


  • When did you buy them?  Can you post a photo please? 🙂

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Thanks for a reply so quickly, I bought them in second week in April as small plants in 9cm pots.
  • LynLyn Posts: 21,987
    As they were very tiny plants when you bought them I’d say they will flower next year. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • If I have to wait another year to see them flower what do you advise I do with all this greenery growth, I have not kept Hydrangeas before, will it die back in winter?
  • I remember my Nan and Grandad had 2 Hydrangeas in their front garden, that was the norm in those days I think, my Nan would soak a 'blue bag' in some water to water them to help keep them bluey..........all I saw my Grandad do to them was just cut off the flower heads when they had finished.
  • That's all you need to do too...except for the blue bag bit. Hydrangeas are very easycare so just wait and it'll flower when it's ready.
  • LynLyn Posts: 21,987
    edited September 2018
    Don’t cut any flower heads off until the following March to April, April for me.
    i wouldn’t touch those new hydrangeas at all, wait until next spring, if you find it’s been a freezing winter and the top buds look as though they have shrivelled and died, I would just cut those top buds off. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 52,214
    I think you may have to wait a bit for flowers if they were  such small plants this year. Don't expect them to have masses next year. They will be creating a good root system  just now, but if they carry on growing well, and you have given them what they need, they'll be very rewarding.
    As Lyn says - any buds or growth left on will help protect them over winter if there's a spell of frost etc.
     If they're staying in containers, you'll have to make sure they have a fresh layer of compost each year, and ideally, be grown in a good soil based medium,  as compost alone isn't enough to keep them thriving. 
    You'll have to be patient for a little while!  ;)

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • Thank you all for your comments much appreciated😊I really really thought I would see flowers this year,que sera sera
  • I have 3 of these plants 2 hardly grow ...the third has grown to about 18 inch last the last 3years no flowers or buds at all I was going to pull them out if they did flower this year ...I live in central Scotland in quite an exposed part of country it gets down to minus 10 in winter son lives 10 miles away his garden is more shelters .and he to has never had a flower ...such a shame to pull them out but not sure what else to do ?? Help x 
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