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. However, are you familiar with pruning hydrangeas? Lucky for you, I have a great guide! Raise your hand if your favorite flowers are Hydrangeas…
Lucky for you, I have a great guide! Raise your hand if your favorite flowers are Hydrangeas…
Pruning Hydrangeas: How To
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.
More importantly, the type of Hydrangea bush you have will determine how it needs to be pruned and cared for.
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.
Should your hydrangea bloom 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
Pruning Hydrangeas: When To
Remember that the biggest concern for hydrangeas and pruning is controlling size.
Bigleaf Hydrangea Hydrangea macrophyla: prune old blooms immediately the flowers fade.
Panicle hydrangea Hydrangea paniculata : prune new blooms with a light pruning in late winter or early spring.
Smooth hydrangea: prune new blooms in late winter, or early spring before any new growth starts.
Oakleaf hydrangea Hydrangea quercifolia: prune old blooms in summer after the flowers have faded.
Climbing hydrangea: prune old blooms in the winter or early spring. These flowers only need to be prune to manage size.
Mountain hydrangea: prune old blooms immediately after flowering.
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