Do hydrangeas need to be fertilized, and if so, what is the best type to use?
I have (3) three-year old Endless Summer hydrangeas (macrophylla Bailmer). Currently, (Apr 27) there is new growth/buds on both old and new stalks. Someone told me that if they are given fertilizer (Miracle Gro, etc), that it will promote foliage, but not necessarily more blooms. So I thought I might ask what others do to their plants.
In the past, I’ve just worked in some compost – in the spring and again in the fall. They bloomed, not profusely, but they haven’t grown very much (height & width-wise). They are east facing and get morning sun (until noon) and afternoon shade. I (like others) want those shoulder-height border hedges of hydrangeas. :)
Thanks for any info!
Mike WA state/zone 5
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Welcome! I’m Margaret Roach, a leading garden writer for 25 years—at ‘Martha Stewart Living,’ ‘Newsday,’ and in three books. I host a public-radio podcast; I also lecture, plus hold tours at my 2.3-acre Hudson Valley (NY) Zone 5B garden, and always say no to chemicals and yes to great plants.