Top Questions About Nikko Blue Hydrangeas

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Questions About Nikko Blue Hydrangeas

Asked by
Anonymous on
April 22, 2011

Q. Destroyed Old Tips That Tried To Bloom

I live in MA and just looked at the tips of my Nikko Blue and noticed that some are putting out little leaves while others are trying and the leaves look destroyed. What can be happening, and what is the best way to save them and the remaining others?

Answered by
Nikki on
April 23, 2011
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Anonymous on
June 12, 2011

Q. Hydrangea -Nikko Blue, I Believe-Not Blooming

I have the perfect conditions of some sun and plenty of shade–5 plants with beautiful leaves–and no blooms. Looks like this will be the second year w/out blooms. I’m so disappointed. What can I do to get these well established bushes to bloom? Also, I bought the ‘Dancing’ variety yesterday-very pink but want it blue. I was told to put Epsom salts into the soil. Is this correct and how much?

Answered by
lolita on
June 12, 2011
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i have a hydrangea too but still new. i read alot about how to turn it into blue. the soil must be acidic. to add aluminum sulphate is the trick. when the soil is more alkaline the flowers will be pink. ask the stores for this element it is what will turn the hydrangea into blue although i havent tried it yet. mine is pinkish and has just one flower, but the leaves r plenty and big ones look healthy too.

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Anonymous on
July 2, 2011

Q. Hydrangea Not Blooming

My Blue Nikko hydrangeas look healthy but have no blooms. They bloomed the first year I planted them, but not since. This is their 3rd summer. Should I prune the dead stalks in the fall or leave them for the hydrangea leaves to bloom on the older wood?

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Nikki on
July 3, 2011
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Asked by
joy adams on
July 10, 2011

Q. Hydrangea Care

I just planted a Nikko blue. When I bought it, some of the leaves were brown around the edges. I cut them off but now I have more leaves turning brown on the edges and kind of curling up. It’s perky and looks good except for the bottom leaves. I live in Ohio. Pests are a problem on fruits, flowers and veggies.

Answered by
Heather on
July 14, 2011
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This is a sign that the plant is not getting quite enough water. Hydrangea tend to need a bit more water than other plants, especially if they are planted in the sun. Increase water to the plant and that should get rid of the brown edges on new leaves.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
August 8, 2011

Q. Big-Leafed Blue Nikko Hydrangea

I have pruned and not pruned my Nikko blue hydrangea, but it does not bloom no matter what. What should I do?

Answered by
Nikki on
August 9, 2011
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This article has some suggestions on other things that may cause a hydrangea not to bloom:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/hydrangea/hydrangea-not-blooming.htm

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Answered by
Rickedie on
August 9, 2011
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It may be that it's not getting enough sun. My Hydrangeas like morning sun and afternoon shade. You could try fertilizing it if you haven't already.

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Asked by
FLOWERGIRL on
August 31, 2011

Q. Blue Nikko Hydrangea

I live in Zone 4 Indiana. My Blue Nikko hydrangea did not bloom this summer. Should I leave it alone and wait until next year? Fertilize it when? I have never pruned it back and am certainly afraid to at this point. Thank you.

Answered by
Nikki on
September 1, 2011
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The soil around the hydrangea may be lacking in phosphorus. That can affect the ability of the plant to bloom. Adding some bone meal in the soil should help alleviate the problem in the future. These articles will help you learn more (if you haven't already read them):
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/hydrangea/hydrangea-not-blooming.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/soil-fertilizers/phosphorus-plant-growth.htm

As for fertilizing and pruning, these articles should help you: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/hydrangea/fertilizing-hydrangeas.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/hydrangea/prune-hydrangea-bushes-hydrangea-pruning-instructions.htm

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Asked by
funnierthanme on
August 19, 2014

Q. honey as a rooting hormone

I want to use honey as a rooting hormone but don’t need a quart. Can you reduce the formula to make measurement of a cup of formula? I think I have it as 1/4 cup honey and 3/4 cup boiling water. Is that right? I want to start Hydrangea cuttings from my gorgeous Nikko Blue plant.

Answered by
theficuswrangler on
August 20, 2014
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Yes, that should work.

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