How to keep hydrangeas blooming

My favourite flowers are the hydrangeas so when they go on special are the local grocers, garage sales and nurseries I grab a couple. This year, my little front garden boasts 16 hydrangea bushes, all different sizes… mostly pinks and whites varieties.

I intend to stop for a bit since I’ve run into a problem. They are very very very healthy plants but they are only producing giant sized leaves! No blooms. One bloom per large bush is pathetic, I’m sure you’ll agree.

I’ve heard that the less nurture (other than water) you give them, the better for blooming. But to no avail. So I went a hunting and found this link via Pinterest.

Kari Anne from Thistlewood Farms was advised many months ago to use coffee grounds to make them bloom.


So I went to get my husband’s knock box, full of coffee pucks from his Expobar endeavours.

Fingers crossed, I hope this works! What have you found works for your hydrangea blooming?

Update: Have a read of Plant Care Today‘s excellent article on hydrangea care. I learnt something new today from Plant Care Today:

Pay close attention to the type of plant you have. If it is a variety that only blooms on old wood, don’t prune harshly. If it is a variety that blooms on new growth, you do not need to be quite so careful.



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What are you inspired by? I am inspired by beautiful and bright interiors, fabric, furniture, pinks, yellows, greens, chairs, china, trees, chocolate, peonies, hydrangeas, cherry blossoms, roses and rhubarb with cream.

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