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I shoul have put all these in one post sorry,i have 3 hydrangeas in pots all were gifts,2 flowered,one 3years old one new the 2year old one didn't flower at all,when they did flower it was april,now everyones bushes in beautiful full flower mine just leaves



  • sotongeoffsotongeoff Posts: 9,802

    Where are you keeping these-are they still in pots or the garden-have you pruned or fed them at all?

  • Alina WAlina W Posts: 1,445

    Probably because they're young and have been moved. Also, have you removed the old flower heads? When you do, you have to be very careful to remove just the flowerhead and not damage the buds just underneath it, which are the new flowers.

  • rosemummyrosemummy Posts: 2,010

    haven't removed old flower heads,al in pots in fairly shady places,haven't fed either,i'm new gardener and have baby who likes to be with  me 24/7 so don't get free hand often!

  • sotongeoffsotongeoff Posts: 9,802

    I would be inclined to plant them in the garden now in a well lit spot-remove the old flower heads-do nothing else other than keep them well watered-they should flower again next year

  • giving a Growmore feed has produced wonderful flowerheads this year,even though the bush is in a shady area,so this really should work.And yes,removing old flowerheads and at the end of the year cutting back dead wood(bits that snap off easily in your hand) will help greatly.

  • I have one hydrangea in a pot - I couldn't begin to count how many flower-heads it has, there are so many.      But, it is a very thirsty plant and needs lots and lots of water!!!!

  • rosemummyrosemummy Posts: 2,010

    They'll have to stay in pots at least for now as we're moving,thanks, I'll try some feed,deadhead and maybe move to a sunnier spot

  • rosemummyrosemummy Posts: 2,010

    I nknew about acid/alkaline,ay mo 1 bright (though a bit dulled) pink,1 lblue,1 white, I did think I remembered they grew well in shade when I'd seen them on my travels,watered well yesterday,will doagaoin today with my little helper who loves to hold her own tiny watering can!

  • We have some fabulous hydrangeas which are overcrowded, and against the north-facing wall of our house, which is in the shade of the sun most of the day.

    The soil here is alkaline and full of limestone pebbles & cobbles.  Our hydrangeas vary in colour between purple, violet and pink.  They are flowering well. They may have been treated or fed before we moved here, but not for the last 15 months or so.  Our garden is free-draining, but being on the side of a hill, in times of heavy rain we get the occasional lake quite close to the house!

    We are intending to have some steps built, which probably means we will have to move the hydrangeas this autumn/winter.  I have read that they don't like full sun, so I will probably put them lower down in the garden, in the shade of a high laurel hedge (but not too close to it).

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