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Why is my hydrangea not flowering each year is the same ????? 

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 58,820

    What sort of hydrangea is it, where is it growing and how are you pruning it?

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  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 19,512

    I used to be given ordinary mophead and lace cap hydrangeas which flwoer on wood produced the previous season.  trouble is, that wood in my garden gets frozen solid and dies so I only ever had new stelms and foliage and never any flowers.  If you are pruning the old wood and buds back each year you won't get flowers either.  Mopheads and lace caps also like some shade from strong sun and moisture at the roots.

    I have now discovered that hydrangea paniculata forms do well in my garden and it doesn't matter if the old wood gets frozen to bits as they can be pruned back hard each year and flower later in summer on new wood.  Paniculatas can cope with full sun and drier soils.

    Both types need good fertile soil so make sure yo're feeding and mulching too.

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  • Obelixx I have a Paniculata Grandiflora bought this year. Is it pruned back in springtime?

  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 19,512

    Yes, after the worst frosts and when you see new growth starting.

    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • Thanks Obelixx.

  • I have hydranga s , I trim them back around March/April time after the frosts as obelix says. I leave the flowers on all winter and cut back to a new shoot. I have been lucky and always get a good show of flowers. I recently bought the paniculata type, so I hope i'm just as lucky with this one. It looks more delicate stems to me but hopefully it will be ok. The flowers on this one are particularly beautiful. 

  • Oh Verdun i'll have to look on the label, which at the moment I cant find!! I've put it in a 'safe' place! I'm sure we all have one of those! Its a very white flower which has now turned pink. Its not limelight that I know. Will find label later and let you know, i do have a box with the labels in, hopefully its there!

  • Found it Verdun,  its a Vanille fraise.image

  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 19,512

    I have that one and it's lovely and copes with my winters which is even better.  I've also just bought Phantom which stays white and Pinky Winky which, despite the dreadful name, is a lovely deep pink.  The growers of that one are probably connected  to the ones who named Mega Mindy, another lovely hydrangea with name issues. 

    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
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