I usually prune my Annabelles in the early spring to the ground. I have very large and tall bushes. I was wondering if I pruned them once they were about 2 feet tall, would they then grow a bloom? Kind of similar to pruning perennials to get a shorter plant. Will this work, or will it end up being a bush with out blooms?
The following article should be of some help to you:
My 3 year old hydrangeas bloomed the first and second year. This year, however, I only have a couple of blooms. I did not prune the branches in the spring. I am aware of the harsh winter we had and probably freeze and refreeze cycle might not have helped. I have not done anything different than what I did the last couple of years. Last year it was in full, colorful bloom, barely able to see any foliage with the blooms taking over. I heard that hydrangeas can bloom every other year. Is this true? Please help. Summer is still here and I would give anything for the beautiful blooms to adore my garden. Thank you.
Did your hydrangea freeze to the ground. The only answer I can come up with (if not) is that buds formed last Fall were damaged from the cold to the point where they just didn't burst forth for you this year.
I bought an 'Annabelle' Hydrangea and put it in a sunny location in my backyard. Soon after, I noticed that it was not growing well, and some of the leaves were crispy and browning at the edges. On the soil around the plant, but not on the leaves, I put down a product labelled 'Bug geta' as I thought perhaps a fungus had attacked the plant. Shortly after, I noticed this fluffy white deposit in three distinct areas on the soil. Have I damaged the plant? What should I do to rectify the situation? I should mention that it has been very humid here in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
The mold is the result of high humidity. All you can really do is keep the area as dry and well ventiliated as possible. Water plants only when the soil around them is dry.
I have an Annabelle Hydrangea, actually two of them, planted side by side on a slope on the north side of my porch. They get morning full sun and are never completely shaded. They form heads, but never bloom. I have tried fall pruning, no pruning and still get the same results. Any suggestions?
Try increasing the phosphorous level. Best way to do this is working bone meal into the soil.
Annabelle hydrangeas, especially baby plants, stems are curling and leaves are wilting.
check for insects like aphids or mites
My hydrangea is huge and some of it is laying on the ground and flat in the middle. Is there any way I can get it to stand up straight? It is so big even tying around it would be difficult.
Typically if the branches won't stay up on their own, this indicates that either the plant is not getting enough light or that the plant is perhaps become a bed for an animal. If the branches lay down in a circular pattern, then it is likely an animal making a bed there. Add some sticks stuck in the ground to deter this. If the branches are more leggy looking and that is why they won't stay up, then the plant may be blocking its own light. For this year, all you can do it try to prop it up. For next year, when you do your pruning, try to thin the plant out a bit - remove old growth and any weak stems. This should help light reach the center better and prevent leggy stems that fall over.
I want to move my Annabelle Hydrangea to another part of my garden. When would be the best time to do it?
I would put it off until fall if at all possible, or wait until next spring. However, as long as the plant is properly acclimated beforehand and the temps are not too hot/cold, you can still go ahead and move your hydrangea now. Be sure to place it in a suitable location and give it plenty of water deeply until the plant re-establishes itself. Also, make sure to get up as much of the roots and surrounding soil with it. You may want to prune it back some too so that the plant focuses on root growth rather than foliage/blooms.