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Why's my hydrangea not flowering?
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kumquattish · 27/06/2022 21:57

I bought a couple of hydrangeas from Crocus in the spring, and planted them in the ground. They're in a partially shaded spot but do get some morning sun. I keep them watered.

They came quite small with no flowers. They haven't yet flowered. Will they not flower this year then?

Separately we have an established hydrangea that we inherited from the previous owner and it hasn't flowered this year either! It looks otherwise healthy. What am I doing wrong?

Thank you hydrangea experts in advance!

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amidsummernightsdream · 27/06/2022 22:13

Its only just really getting to hydrangea flowering season. Mine are just starting to come out now but they are in a very sunny spot.
if yours are in a shaded spot, they will be later still.
They can last well into Autumn though, i had flowers on mine until december one year

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RosesAndHellebores · 27/06/2022 22:18

Did you prune the established one last year? Mopheads don't flower after pruning because the buds form during the previous season.

Your little ones might just need to get established.

Do check for scale. It's been a bugger this year - white scaly patches on the underside of the leaves and the stems. You need to cut off the affected stems and spray with a systemic bug killer.

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TodaysSocks · 28/06/2022 09:09

My, perfectly healthy, hydrangea has only just started to form tiny buds.

There's time yet....

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Petronus · 28/06/2022 09:14

None of mine are flowering yet. I’m quite sure they will though, it’s still early. I think it can be well into July or later before they get going in my garden.

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MrsPelligrinoPetrichor · 28/06/2022 09:17

Mine isn't yet either.

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HensInTheSkirtingBoard · 28/06/2022 10:08

Mine have only just started flowering.

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Farawayfromhere · 28/06/2022 10:12

This is no help but I find hydrangeas very temperamental. I’m sure it’s my impatient approach to gardening but I have never got on with them.

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Anyfeckinusername · 28/06/2022 10:17

Mine has no buds either but it did bloom last year. I had to cut it back hard though after it got infected. Growth looks good and leafy this year so far but no buds - i guess it’s too late for me to expect flowers in it (they were so pretty!) - also I’m clueless about gardening.

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Steakcutchipswithsteak · 28/06/2022 10:21

Mine started flowering last week. They're a bit later than usual this year (mainland Europe).

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Gingercatlover · 28/06/2022 10:25

I guess it depends on the type, we bought one around a month back and the flowers have died off already, even though it apparently flowers in June, July and August?
Disappointed.

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RosesAndHellebores · 28/06/2022 10:40

They take a while to get going. They need good soil, and a regular feed. They also need a lot of water, every day in dry weather. Once they establish they give and give. It's worth reading up about them as different varieties need different care.

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kumquattish · 28/06/2022 19:32

Thanks all! I'll not worry then.

We moved into our new house last autumn so we have pruned nothing. The established hydrangea didn't have flowers at that point (that I can recall). I don't know how best to work out what type of hydrangea it is now?

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kumquattish · 28/06/2022 19:35

PS my new ones are:

  1. Petiolaris (a climber)
  2. paniculata 'Vanille Fraise'
  3. macrophylla Mariesii Perfecta
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kumquattish · 28/06/2022 19:35

Are they mopheaded??

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TodaysSocks · 28/06/2022 19:39

Gingercatlover · 28/06/2022 10:25

I guess it depends on the type, we bought one around a month back and the flowers have died off already, even though it apparently flowers in June, July and August?
Disappointed.

Garden centres grow plants to come into flower early so they look good in the shops. So, it often happens that they are done flowering soon after going home. Next year they will, no doubt, revert back to a slightly later and more 'normal' time.

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gingersplodgecat · 28/06/2022 19:45

My lacecap hydrangea is covered in buds now. It flowers much better some years than others.

Last year it didn't flower at all, possibly, I think, because a lot of the tender new growth was hit hard by a late spring frost.

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TheNoodlesIncident · 29/06/2022 21:07

The macrophylla is a mophead. 'Vanille Fraise' flowers on the new season's growth.

It's best to watch and wait for the first year of a new established garden, as some things aren't visible at different times of the year. Maybe keep a photographic record of what comes up and when, to give you a better idea of what you want to retain and what you'd rather get rid of (if anything). Then you can plan how you want the garden to look and gradually change it.

Hydrangeas are hungry and thirsty generally, and definitely in their first year when they are establishing their root systems.

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