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Hydrangea not flowering

Hi I have 5 hydrangers all between 2 and three years old and they don't flower.  What am I doing wrong?


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 85,976
    What sort of hydrangeas are they?

    Have they been pruned and if do, when did this take place?

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

  • spars49spars49 Posts: 7
    I have only pruned dead wood and they are different types 
  • hogweedhogweed Posts: 4,053
    How big are they? If you got them when they were very small, they may just be growing up. 
    'Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement' - Helen Keller
  • spars49spars49 Posts: 7
    edited June 2019
    One is four years old two 3 years and two are one year old.  They were all bought about 2ft tall
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 53,910
    Need a lot more info @spars49
    It could be any one of a number of issues, from over or under watering, poor conditions, wrong site, wrong time of pruning, plants being young, variety, poor soil. 
    Can you post some photos so that we can offer suitable advice?
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • spars49spars49 Posts: 7

  • spars49spars49 Posts: 7
    The fourth picture is one I've had for about 10 years last year I had two flowers this year there is only going to be one.
  • PurplerainPurplerain Posts: 1,053
    If you leave the flowerhead on the ten year old plant then that is the stem you should prune in late Spring if it's a mophead type. All the other stems should be left alone as next years flowers will come from there.

    The limelight is a different type, a Paniculata and all the stems should be cut each Spring as they flower on new wood. You could try not cutting anything back for a year or so, as all that is doing is containing the size and structure of the plant.

    Hydrangeas need lots of water and grow best in dampish climates, but they don't need much in the way of feeding. I hope you manage to solve your problem as they are lovely when they are happy and get their roots down.
    SW Scotland
  • Joyce21Joyce21 Posts: 15,489
    My Hydrangea Limelight doesn't usually flower until August.
    SW Scotland
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 85,976
    Is there membrane under the chippings?
    Are they getting enough water through it?
    I’d give them a bucketful each today and more in a couple of days’ time, to be on the safe side.
    They do need plenty of water if they’re in a sunny spot. 

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

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