Saturday, November 19, 2011

Hydrangea tree is 2 yrs old and has not grown, whats going on?

I ordered it through a perennial advertizement circular like direct gardening, it was hardly no size to start with and it has been two years and nothing has happened, no new growth, it is supposed to get about 8 feet tall. It is planted in sandy loamy soil and is watered daily.

Hydrangea tree is 2 yrs old and has not grown, whats going on?
First, stop watering it! If the tree has been in the ground for 2 years, it needs no water. Let Mother Nature do your watering. You are either drowning it, or keeping the roots up near the surface, when the idea is to encourage them to go deep.

The first year your plant is in the ground you will see little change; all the action is underground where the roots are getting established. If you stop watering now, if it isn't already too late, you may see some new growth. And no, it's too late in the season to feed it.

Word of advice: in future, patronize a reputable greenhouse/nursery. You will pay a little more, but you get what you pay for: a healthy plant with a guarantee and instructions on caring for it!
Reply:Where do you live??? If you live in zone 9 like me then there are only a few Hydrangeas that will thrive....and contrary to the other answers they actually will only make it in the shade here (sun is fine for northern areas). Location might have a lot to do with it.
Reply:Is it getting enough sun? It also needs a little sun not much or it'll die. Make sure you don't live it near artificial light specially green light because that could make it not grow.
Reply:You might want to dig it up and replant it in a potting mix not soil but a mix with a slow release fertilizer in it. Then let it dry out between waterings.
Reply:#1, directgardening plants are crap. I only have one left after three years and I bought alot. All the rest died immediately, if they were alive to begin with.

Anyway, hydrangea's like sun, so I would say you may not be giving it enough sun. Also try fertilizing it with some Miracle Gro Bloom Booster.

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