Hydrangeas are such a beautiful addition to any bouquet. There’s nothing quite like a bright, big bushel to complete a centerpiece or hair crown. But with beautiful bouquets comes with the unfortunate task of pruning your Hydrangea. Lucky for you, I have a great guide! Raise your hand if your favorite flowers are Hydrangeas…
When pruning Hydrangeas, it’s important to realize that the plant may not need to be pruned at all, it could simply be lying in it’s “dormant” state. Getting rid of deadening flowers, or trying to make your Hydrangea bush look (and grow!) fuller are great reasons to prune your bush. For more information on when to prune Hydrangeas, this article from The Spruce.
More importantly, the type of Hydrangea bush you have will depend on how it needs to be pruned and cared for. HGTV has a great article that explains and identifies the different kinds of Hydrangeas.
If your hydrangea bush is a little older, it can begin to look “woody.” This “woody” appearance will cause the blooms to appear smaller. Prune the few dead branches close to the soil line to improve the appearance and help the size of flowers grow fuller.
Sometimes, the weight of the flowers can weigh down the branches of the Hydrangea bushes. Causing them to droop, and potentially break. If your bushes are dealing with “drooping” issues, you can cut back stems to a length of 18 inches. Cutting back the trees will create a sturdier frame work for the flowers.
If your hydrangea blooms on old wood (stems from the previous grow season) you should prune the bush immediately after it’s flowers begin to fade.
If your hydrangea is blooming on new wood you should (branches grown during the current growth season) you should always prune the bush before additional growth begins.
If your hydrangea is re-blooming (meaning that it blooms multiple times throughout the same growth season) you can prune the shrub back at any time without affecting or harming it’s growth.