hydranger help

My wife got some hydrangers last year , after the flowers died we planted them in the garden but they have not flowered since. Any idea why ? - are they lime hating do they need a certain compost or feed . Any help apreciated.

ps. profile picture shows dwarf cherry blossom chosen after asking for help from forum members ,thanks for youre help .


  • XX Posts: 707

    Hi Steve, did you prune them at all?  Soil isn't a big issue for hydrangeas and only affects the colour of the flowers, as long as it's not really poor soil they should be fine. I don't feed mine too much as it tends to produce soft floppy stems - just a sprinkle of chicken manure in spring and that's it.  Are they planted in sun or shade?  I had one planted in shade as that's what the label said and it didn't flower, moved it into full sun last year and it's never looked back.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 42,805

    They do like plenty of water and it's been a dry summer. 

    Gardening is cheaper than therapy, and you get tomatoes. 
  • star gaze lilystar gaze lily Posts: 11,106

    Two of mine have been in full sun for years and are great. Another I got a couple of years ago and is smaller now than when I bought it, so 2wks ago moved from sun to shade and hope next year it will be better. Also just recently bought a type beginning with p which has gone from my mind, hope that does well too. When I prune mine I do that end of march.

  • Thanks for the advice, think i will put it someware sunnier and see what next year brings.

  • star gaze lilystar gaze lily Posts: 11,106

    Verdun how shady would you advise, I have a big oak tree in my garden and have moved mine so its just sheltered under the branches. The other two that are in full sun I inherited with the house. They are very big and seem to enjoy the sun.

  • XX Posts: 707

    My paniculata type has taken off since being in the sun.  I've got a white mophead type that hasn't flowered this year and thats in full shade, might move it.

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 19,692

    Like so many other plants Verd isn't it - they can take a lot more sun if the moisture's there. I've had hostas growing in south facing gardens no problem - but the  soil supported them. We get plenty of rainfall and the soil's clay so it suits them.  Many Hydrangeas do well in sun if the soil's right. Dry soil is more of an issue I think. A bit of shade is their preference though. Funny how people think shade's a problem in gardens but there are loads of terrific plants for shade.

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 19,692


  • GillyLGillyL Posts: 1,077

    Anyone with shady and sunny areas in their garden has twice the reason for buying two types of plants,thats my excuse ,and I,m sticking to it. image

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