Hydrangea never bloomed

Asked July 22, 2019, 11:39 AM EDT

I have a hydrangea that's about 8 years old. It did not do well at all in the first location it was planted in. I moved it to where there are 2 other types of hydrangeas that have grown beautifully. After moving the plant, it has grown very well over the past couple of years, but this plant has never had one bloom or even bud on it. We live in western New york. I have pruined it a couple of times in the spring, after it has grown significantly for the year. Any suggestions on how to get it to bloom?

Erie County New York

4 Responses

Thank you for your question. I suspect that, in pruning it “a couple of times n the spring,” you’ve pruned off the buds which would be flowers. Here’s an article explaining how to do it ‘right:’ https://ucanr.edu/datastoreFiles/268-86.pdf Good luck!

So, pruning the dead branches off this plant, maybe 4 times in 8 years, has caused it not to bloom. I know how to prune, and only cut off dead branches off.

I suggest you contact your county Extension office for further help. Here is their webpage: http://erie.cce.cornell.edu/

This Extension article suggests that winter damage may cause a hydrangea not to bloom: https://hgic.clemson.edu/factsheet/hydrangea/