Q.Why Isn’t Our Hydrangea Growing Or Blooming?
We trimmed back an older hydrangea, then moved it to a place where it gets afternoon shade. It’s been there 3 years and hasn’t grown much or bloomed. What do we need to do?
Make sure that the soil drains welll in the new location and has no nutrient deficiencies. If all the new spring growth originated strictly from the crown/base, the new location is exposing last year’s stems to environmental conditions that are not favorable and which kill or dry them during winter. Winter protection May be necessary to regain reliable blooming. Or, you could try a rebloomer hydrangea from the Let’d Dance Series (choose cultivars that do not grow taller than 3 feet though), Smooth Hydrangeas (aka, hydrangea arborescens; morning sun only until 12pm) or Pee Gee Hydrangeas (aka, hydrangea paniculata; can get full sun).