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Q.My Annabelle hydrangeas only bloom on the section closest to the ground, no flowers any higher.

Zone Zone 6/MA | Anonymous added on July 31, 2020 | Answered

The plant looks healthy but it is growing too fast. Can I cut back the tallest branches now. Few flowers, do fertilize every 2 weeks. Please advise.

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Answered on August 3, 2020

Annabelle blooms on new wood, so it benefits by pruning to the ground in late winter. This promotes vigorous new growth for more blooms. I would cut back on the fertilizer, that might be the problem. You are sacrificing blooms for increased vegetation. They just need a balanced, slow release fertilizer in spring, if any.

This article will help: https://www.uaex.edu/yard-garden/resource-library/plant-week/hydrangea-annabelle-7-3-08.aspx

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