Hydrangea Care – How to Get the Most Blooms from Your Plants

hydrangea care - sharing my #1 tip for how to get the most blooms from your plants - blue hydrangea

Hydrangeas are hands down my favorite shrub to grow and their flowers are the best to decorate with.  I am sharing my number one tip for hydrangea care so you can get the most blooms for your hydrangea plants and you don’t need any special gardening tools to do this!

Hydrangea Care – Get the Most Blooms from your Plants

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hydrangea care - sharing my #1 tip for how to get the most blooms from your plants - blue hydrangea

There are so many different varieties of hydrangeas available to plant these days. Some shrubs only bloom on new wood while others bloom on old and even some bloom on both.

hydrangea care - sharing my #1 tip for how to get the most blooms from your plants - pink hydrangea

If you are lucky to have moved to a home that already has some hydrangea shrubs or can’t remember what type you planted the year before (this is usually me 🙂 I have one simple tip for you, put the pruners away and WAIT.

Below is a picture of our driveway in early spring…

hydrangea care - sharing my #1 tip for how to get the most blooms from your plants - driveway before

In order to ensure that my hydrangeas will bloom well, I wait till the very last minute to pull last year’s blooms off.  This means leaving the dried blooms on our hydrangea shrubs through the fall and winter.

hydrangea care - sharing my #1 tip for how to get the most blooms from your plants - pulling off dried hydrangea flower head

Come early spring (late March) I simply pull the dried blooms off with my hands.  It’s that simple, no tools required!  I only get my pruners out to cut away dead limbs or cut the stems that are too close to the ground.

hydrangea care - sharing my #1 tip for how to get the most blooms from your plants - after pulling off dried flower heads

Waiting through the winter to either pull or prune those dried flower heads used to be was hard for me to do.  I just couldn’t resist pulling out my pruners in the fall :). However, I found that waiting till the blooms are ready to fall off allows for a much happier and prettier plant.  Below is a picture of what our driveway looked like in the height of the summer for my summer garden tour!  Hydrangea blooms for days!!!

hydrangea care - sharing my #1 tip for how to get the most blooms from your plants - annabelle hydrangeas in our driveway

Which of course also means more blooms to bring in and decorate our home with.   Like these beautiful Annabelle hydrangea blooms on our newly refinished church pew.

hydrangea care - sharing my #1 tip for how to get the most blooms from your plants - white hydrangea blooms in a galvanized watering can

Hope this helps you with your hydrangea care!

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2 thoughts on “Hydrangea Care – How to Get the Most Blooms from Your Plants

    1. What a great idea to use Cd’s to protect your birds Susan! I might have to give that a try :). Thanks so much for stopping by to check out my hydrangea care tip too :).

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