Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by T. Matthews, May 9, 2002.

  1. T. Matthews

    T. Matthews LawnSite Member
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    My customer has two hydrangea plants. They bloomed once, but haven't in two years. I'm thinking shock the plant by root cutting any ideas?

    T. Matthews
  2. BigJim

    BigJim LawnSite Senior Member
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    Fertilise them with some potash and wait,Hydrangeas are so hardy they usually bloom well without fail even if you cut them back to near ground level each season.Are they getting enough sun?,the potash will help make up for lack of and stimulate flowering.Dont cut the roots it will only slow them down as they will have to grow new roots to feed themselves again.
  3. BigJim gave you some sound advice. But a little different flop to this: If Hydrangeas get to much sunlight, they'll burn.

    Another thing, they don't like a lot of water.

  4. LawnLad

    LawnLad LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 738

    What type of hydrangeas? Site conditions vary depending on cultivar. Generally I'd follow BigJim's advice. As well, there is a good write up on Hydrangeas in Michael Dirr's book of woody ornamentals.

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