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June 23, 2014 9:15 AM

What’s wrong with my hydrangeas?

QUESTION: My hydrangeas bloom on new wood but I don’t remember the name. They’ve been planted 8 years and were prolific bloomers the first 5 years. Now every year the blooms are decreasing a lot. They are planted on the east side of the house and I have lots of greenery. I would say that I probably err on the light side of fertilizing rather than too much. What would be your suggestion to get more blooms. More fertilizing? – Barbara.................................................ANSWER: Hydrangeas that bloom on new wood should be pruned in late winter to early spring before the onset of new growth. You could also prune some old stems to the ground to stimulate new growth. For a link to a great publication on hydrangeas, read on. Thanks, Lori, Extension master gardener.

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