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How To Get Hydrangea To Bloom

Hydrangeas are one of the most popular flowering shrubs in the world. In late summer, hydrangea bushes burst into bloom with large clusters of beautiful flowers that can last for weeks. Hydrangeas come in many different colors and sizes, and there are several different species that produce white, pink or blue blooms.

How To Get Hydrangea To Bloom

Here is the complete process explained in detail on how to get hydrangea to bloom:

Step 1:

1. Cut back the plant to about 6 inches above ground level.
This will promote new growth and encourage flower buds to form on new wood.

Step 2:

2. Prune out any dead or diseased branches.

Step 3:

3. Thin out the remaining branches by cutting them back to about 6 inches above a healthy bud or node, where there is new growth.

Step 4:

4. For plants that are not flowering, prune out all of the old stems and only leave 2-3 of the youngest stems with their buds intact (see picture). You can also start from step 1 again and repeat this process each year until you get flowers!

Tips for How To Get Hydrangea To Bloom

Here are 5 things to take care of with respect to how to get hydrangea to bloom:

Step 1:

1. Hydrangea blooms best in full sun and moist, fertile soil. You can add some compost to the soil before planting and keep the soil moist but not soggy.

Step 2:

2. To encourage more blooms, you can prune them in early spring before new growth begins. Cut back about one-third of the plant to promote new growth and flowers throughout the season.

Step 3:

3. You can also prune one-third of your plant after it has bloomed to help stimulate more flowering next year.

Step 4:

4. If you want a continuous display of hydrangeas, you should deadhead your plants by removing faded flowers as they occur. This will allow your hydrangeas to continue producing blooms all summer long!

5. Finally, if you want to keep your hydrangeas healthy and happy for years, don’t fertilize them until fall or winter! That way, they won’t produce leaves that are susceptible to fungal disease during the hot summer months when they are most vulnerable!

Interesting Facts About Hydrangea

Here are 5 things you should know about hydrangea:

1. Hydrangea is a perennial flower. It blooms all summer long, but it is not an annual or a biennial.

2. Hydrangea can be grown in containers and indoors as well as outdoors.

3. Hydrangea is a good choice for the landscape because it requires little maintenance and is drought tolerant once established.

4. The hydrangea’s flowers are produced on new growth, so pruning after flowering will encourage more blooms next year. Prune after flowering to remove spent flowers, deadwood and old stems that have turned brown or gray from frost damage or insects (if needed). Prune back to healthy wood and shape the shrub as you desire.

Remove any branches that cross each other or rub against each other when the shrub grows larger; this prevents disease spread from one branch to another via insect vectors such as aphids or scales (small insects with hard shells).

You can also prune hydrangeas to control their size if they are outgrowing their space in the landscape (which happens quickly!). As always, remember to sterilize your pruning tools between cuts by dipping them into rubbing alcohol before moving on to another plant!

5. Hydrangeas do not need fertilizer unless they are planted in poor soil conditions, which would explain why they do not grow well in some areas of North America where soils are very acidic due to acid rain and air pollution from automobile emissions over time.


I have a beautiful hydrangea that has been in my garden for about 10 years. It usually has beautiful white flowers, but it hasn’t flowered all summer. I don’t know what to do to get it to flower. The rest of the plant looks healthy and happy.

On plant Hydrangea macrophylla

Hydrangeas are not really fussy about what you feed them. They will take most anything. However, they do need a lot of fertilizer to bloom well. If you have a soil test, follow the recommendations for that soil type and pH. If not, use an all-purpose fertilizer such as 10-10-10 or 12-12-12 with minor elements added. The best time to fertilize is in early spring when the tips of the plant have just started to emerge from the ground and again in mid summer before bloom time.

How to prune hydrangeas?

Hydrangeas are easily pruned because they grow back very quickly after cutting. Pruning is usually done in late winter or early spring before new growth begins. It is easiest if you cut back all of the stems at once so you don’t have to remember which ones were pruned last year and which ones weren’t. You can also prune hydrangeas in late summer or fall but this can be more difficult because it is harder to tell which stems were pruned last year and which ones weren’t if there are no leaves on them yet.

Pruning should be done every year unless your hydrangea has reached its desired size, then it can be pruned less often such as every other year or even every third year if it doesn’t get too huge for its space. Hydrangeas

The best way to get your hydrangeas to bloom more is to prune them. The most common reason hydrangeas don’t bloom is because they’re not getting enough light. Pruning the branches back will allow more sunlight to reach the flowers, which will help them bloom better.

You can also add a fertilizer that has high phosphorous levels, like bone meal, around the base of each plant. This will encourage blooming as well.