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Help with this hydrangea

As usual I've lost the name card for this plant so don't know which particular variety of hydrangea it is, some of the leaves have got holes in and the flowers look dry now.

I've looked up hydrangea and it depends on what 'type' it is as to whether it needs cutting back or not - yeah you've guessed it - I haven't got a clue ... there appears to be some new growth coming up.

I have got another hydrangea growing in a raised bed that has NEVER flowered in three years so I don't want to damage the only one I've got that does.

Do I need to remove the dying flowers on this one or do any sort of cutting back?


As always many thanks for any responses.





  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Posts: 36,206

    Renata, leave the flowers on over Winter and trim in the Spring.

    Cacoethes: An irresistible urge to do something inadvisable
  • I have the same problem with my Hydrangea no flowers after several years but lovely foliage its got plenty of space and sun from early afternoon thinking of moving it but its such a healthy looking shrub.

  • JudojubJudojub Posts: 108

    Just jumping in quickly, sorry OP. I don't believe my hudrangea is getting enough sun. Can I move it Autumn time?  Mine too hasn't flowered very well, just a mass of leaves!

  • Papi JoPapi Jo Posts: 3,866

    Most hydrangea prefer to live in the shade. So I don't believe a hydrangea would lack sun.

    You are invited to a virtual visit of my garden (in English or in French).
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 52,165

    Yes - move in autumn Judojub. You might need to prune back a bit to make it easier. 

    The most common reason for them not flowering is pruning incorrectly, ie  chopping back too far and removing all the  flowering branches and stems. For mophead ones, you should only remove flowerheads as Ladybird says, and take out dead stems or weak spindly ones.

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

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • JudojubJudojub Posts: 108

    Hmm. Ok all of you. Thank you very much. It only has two flowers on at the mo. It did have a few more but I cut them off as they went over. (Wasn't until further googling that I realised its best to leave spent flowers on!). As for pruning, I've done none as it is a fairly young plant and no Verdun, the only feed I gave it was when I planted it! I shall perhaps leave it as is then. Perhaps I am being impatient and need to see what t does next year x

  • JudojubJudojub Posts: 108

    Thank you Verdun. Just for my own peace of mind then. This is a picture of it (albeit not a great one) but it gives you an idea of where it is. image

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