Hydrangea Plants

Can I now cut back my hydrangeas, and feed in the spring??

Zone Hampton VA | Anonymous added on November 14, 2019 | Answered

I cut back hydrangeas after blooming last year and fed them in spring, and have very few blooms this year. Also, exactly what fertilizer to use?

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Answered on November 15, 2019

It sounds like you have Hydrangea macrophylla. This one flowers on old wood, so pruning any branch that has not flowered, or if the frost kills it back to the ground, will keep it from flowering properly. It's important to know what type of hydrangea you have as that determines when to prune if pruning is needed.

As far as fertilization goes, they generally prefer an all purpose food, but sometimes it is good to only feed them fertilizers high in phosphorus and potassium.

These articles will give you more information: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/hydrangea/hydrangea-not-blooming.htm


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