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zgillenwater

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Posted: Tue Jun 26, 2007 1:44 pm   Post subject: Endless Summer Hydrangea


I have an Endless Summer hydrangea that I planted in the fall of 2005, so last summer was its first year blooming. It was gorgeous, lots of pink blooms. I cut almost all the blooms off of it to put in vases because I thought Endless Summer was supposed to bloom again later in the summer. Well, it never did. That first round of blooms turned out to be the only round of blooms.

This summer, it has been blooming beautifully again. I've cut a few blooms off, but I'm hesitant about doing many because I don't want it to look bare the rest of the summer. Was I wrong that Endless Summer is supposed to bloom repeatedly? If I wasn't wrong, is there anything I should do differently about cutting the blooms this year to encourage more to show up later this summer?

Thanks in advance for your advice! I feel bad never answering others questions, just watching threads and starting my own, but I'm a beginner gardener without much insight to offer others!

Zoe




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zuzu's petals

Coastal N.Carolina ~zone 8~
Posts: 2436
Posted: Tue Jun 26, 2007 2:29 pm   


I just recently bought one of these plants, haven't even picked a spot for it yet. Embarassed
So I did a little research, and I have to say that I found some mixed reviews.
You are not the only person to say that re-blooming seemed "iffy".
In fact, quite a few folks said they were getting NO blooms at all. Confused

Anywho, I found this online Zoe, (there's more here):
Quote:
Pruning Instructions
'Endless Summer' Hydrangea is very forgiving and will not suffer if left unpruned or pruned at the wrong time. In fact, young, recently planted shrubs are best left alone. Unlike other Hydrangeas, your 'Endless Summer' will bloom on both old and new wood, branches that grew last year and the new branches from this year. Another unique feature is that this hydrangea will continue to set buds and bloom throughout the season; deadheading the spent flowers will encourage this. Feel free to cut the blooms for drying or fresh cut in vases because you will actually encourage the plant to produce more blossoms. Spring is the best time to prune. Many people like to leave the spent blooms on their plant because it adds winter interest. It may also act to insulate the new buds from frost and cold. They should be removed in spring however. Prompt removal of the faded blooms will encourage new growth and new blooms. I expect you will see 2-3 cycles of bloom instead of the usual one.

Reading this makes me think that it would be okay to cut the flowers,
but maybe not take too much stem at the same time, as that's where new buds would set.
Or, perhaps the reason that yours didn't repeat it's bloom cycle last year
was just because it was newly planted.

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teddybear

zone 6B, TX
Posts: 283
Posted: Tue Jun 26, 2007 3:11 pm   


Thanks for the info zuzu. I planted 6 endless summers and have been wondering what to do with them. Almost all of them have bloomed some two or three times but, the plant it's self is still really small 6-8 inches. I'm hoping since this is their first year that next year they will take off. I was trying to decide if I need to cut off the blooms to help the plant grow. Maybe I should just leave it alone.

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zgillenwater

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Posted: Tue Jun 26, 2007 4:01 pm   


Thanks zuzu's petals. Yes, what you posted jives with what I thought Endless Summer was supposed to do -- it just isn't doing it. But it could definitely be because it was its first year. I'll cross my fingers that more buds are coming soon. There is one new bud on there right now, but I'm more inclined to believe it's just a late-comer rather than a second round of buds.

teddybear, my plant was about 8 inches when I planted it. Last summer, it got to be about 1.5 feet tall. This year, it's at least 2 or 2.5 feet tall. So I bet if you just leave yours alone they will be much bigger next year.

Mine is in a pretty shady location, by the way. Don't know if that makes a difference with the blooming. Like I said, I get lots of pretty blooms, but just not repeatedly.

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Chitweed

Delaware, USA
Posts: 274
Posted: Tue Jun 26, 2007 4:59 pm   Post subject: Endless Summer


Don't give up on the Endless Summer.
They need a bit more sun than other hydrangea, and lot more water because they are in more sun.
I cut them all summer long, and they keep producing flowers. The flowers come on old and new wood. Here is what mine have been doing this year





They are now so heavy with flower the blooms are arching to the ground! I have some more pictures of them here at www.chitweed.blogspot.com



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zuzu's petals

Coastal N.Carolina ~zone 8~
Posts: 2436
Posted: Tue Jun 26, 2007 5:53 pm   


Now THAT'S what I'm talkin' 'bout!! Very Happy Gorgeous!
That's why I bought one and that's just what I hope
it will look like in a few years, Chit!!

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teddybear

zone 6B, TX
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Posted: Tue Jun 26, 2007 10:42 pm   


Thanks for the HOPE...yours look wonderful!
Mine are in the shade most of the day but, I was told with the hot Texas sun that was a must or they would burn up.

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