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My Two Hydrangeas

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  1. reb999000

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    To All,

    I have two Hydrangeas in one of my garden beds and the one on the right has grown up to 18 inches whilst the one on the left is a healthy 5 ft in length.

    I have sprinkled Blood & Bone fertiliser around it two weeks ago & most recently I'd also placed two 3x3 ft sheets of glass (makeshift glasshouse) which to encourage this to grow to the same length of it's 5 ft "neighbour" on a warm day.

    I'm not really getting anywhere with this, and help from one of you fellow members will be gratefully appreciated??

    Kind Regards,

    Bob.
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      Not enough space.....it is "intimidated" by its more vigorous neighbour too.

      Move it reb999000. It is small enough not to notice the move. Give it more room, give it some compost, dried manure, etc., and a handful of fish blood and bone. Water it well. Mulch it. Stand back :)

      Let us know how you get on.
       
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        @Verdun,

        Many Thanks for your kind response. I have pruned back a good 8 inches off on the right hand side of the larger bush in January and only the past two weeks I'd applied the Blood & Bone fertiliser after turning over the soil with my garden fork.

        And yes I'd watered this very well and pruned off the dead twigs on the smaller plant in question.

        Regards,

        Bob.
         
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          Not enough space.....it is "intimidated" by its more vigorous neighbour too.

          Not sure that could be the cause. I have several that have close neighbors and they bloom like crazy. Have 13 types, don't fuss with fertilizers etc. they have been with me for years.

          But, yes, the one by the wall, may want a little more sun.
           
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            Yep redstar. Ever tried planting a small plant in a hedgerow? :)
            "Intimidated" by a lack of space, moisture, nutrients and more.
            Bob, your small hydrangea will likely always remain small there.....instead of cutting back the bigger one let it grow to occupy that space.
            Your small plant will grow very quickly elsewhere :)
             
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              I agree, the small one is in the shade of the wall and it's larger cousin.
               
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                In my experience there are lots of different types of Hydrangea. Some are naturally great big ones, and some are more petite - a bit like people :snorky:
                I don`t suppose @reb999000 you could tell us which Hydrangeas you have there could you? Do you still have the labels?
                They all like a fair amount of shade and a great deal of water - but otherwise they are not too fussy, and very easy to propagate.
                 
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                  Hi @reb999000 :sign0016: to GC and nice to have you with us mate.

                  I have 4 Hydrangea's all exposed to the sun and if it doesn't rain they're watered with the rest every couple of days and come autumn they're trimmed back...yours needs to be moved and more light :)
                   
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                  yes, there are lots of types. but 4 groups of them. know what the groups are and your good. I have 13 types. each is handled a little different. some prune hard, some soft, some never. some in more sun, some love shade more.
                   
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                    What I've seen of yours redstar they love being amongst your other plants :dbgrtmb:
                     
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                      Good point Tetters. However, definitely the small hydrangea is in the wrong place.

                      I will be keenly waiting for a couple of new hydrangeas.....dwarf paniculatas...to flower this year. However, even these dwarf varieties have been given reasonable space. Of course, the PG's will thrive in sun and with less moisture :)
                       
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                        @To Everyone,

                        Many Thanks for all your helpful responses to my post and I have attached an additional picture of the Hydrangea concerned covered by a "makeshift glasshouse"20180526_130324[1].jpg

                        Regards,

                        Bob.
                         
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                          not sure what that glass shelf is all about. sorry. Just move the shrub. I would not have it there if that was my situation.
                           
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                            Agree totally with Redstar. Give it its own space reb999000. That glass top will not help your plant at all. It will hate it. :)
                             
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                              [​IMG]No no no our Bob, hydrangeas like a bit of shade and lots of water - but given a hat like that you will burn the poor thing to a frazzle :rolleyespink:
                               
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