Hydrangeas Not Flowering?

I have had 2 hydrangea bushes for years now and they don't bloom. I just have beautiful green leaves every year. They are planted in the open. Every thing around them blooms; lilacs, daffodils, torch lilies, and weigelias, but not them.


Can anybody help me? Thanks.

Hardiness Zone: 7b

By Kay from Boonville, NC

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July 20, 20112 found this helpful
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My hydrangea is 15 years old and it is this year that it has so many blue blooms on it, as I put the used coffee grounds on top of the soil all spring. All this time, it always grew healthily and had beautiful green leaves but hardly any blooms. The only thing that is different this growing season is that here in zone 4, we had a very unusual rainy spring.

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July 19, 20190 found this helpful

All the years I was puzzled on why some of my hydrangeas dont bloom (macrophilas). I have asked so called experts and master gardeners. The common answers are where do you plant them and did you fertilizer them. Google was finally my teachers after all learning. If you bought the hydrangeas only bloom on the old woods then you have the same problem like I have had in zone 5.


The endless summer with blue buckets will be the one you absolutely need in your zone. They bloom on old and new woods. Problem solved. The local nurseries dont know and dont care what they buy. Some of them will never bloom in zone 5 or 4, never.

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June 26, 20161 found this helpful
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Hi, I Had this problem once. I Was told not to prune them after July because you will risk cutting off future blooms. Apparently they begin their new bloom process early. I have mine in a large pot and have not pruned them for two years and they have bloomed since. I prune them in mid July if I prune them at all and rarely water them in the winter. So far so good.

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April 11, 20101 found this helpful

I was given a potted hydrangea from a florist shop for Mother's Day about five years ago. I planted it in our yard after the blooms died. It grew leaves only for at least three or four years before it finally started blooming again. Last year it was the prettiest color of all our hydrangeas.


It had two different shades of blue and purple flowers. All my others are pink. Last fall, I began to put all of our used coffee and tea grounds on my pink ones, hoping to turn them blue or purple. If not that, then at least a deeper shade of pink!

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April 19, 20101 found this helpful

We recently had a plant specialist speak at our local library, and someone asked the same question. He mentioned that there are many hydrangea that bloom only on "old" wood and that if your plant dies back each winter then you will have lots of new foliage, but no blooms. There are new varieties being marketed that supposedly bloom on old and new wood. Hope this helps. We live in zone 5.

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August 14, 20150 found this helpful

I bought a hydrngeas from a nursery several years ago. It had blooms when I got it, but hasn't bloomed since. Do I need to prune it to force the bloom.

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August 31, 20161 found this helpful

They only bloom on old wood. Do not prune.

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July 11, 20170 found this helpful

I've read if you give too much food it will cause just green leaves . You have to give just the right amount I have taken out the old wood and now half my plants are blooming but the other half isn't --stumped!!

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