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Mon May 2, 2016, 05:32 PM

 

When should I trim a hydrangea bush?

The flowers are a bit past their peak, and I don't know if I should trim them, and if I should, where.

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Reply When should I trim a hydrangea bush? (Original post)
LaydeeBug May 2016 OP
Major Nikon May 2016 #1
LaydeeBug May 2016 #3
elleng May 2016 #2
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Response to LaydeeBug (Original post)

Mon May 2, 2016, 07:02 PM

1. As with most flowering shrubs you can deadhead old blooms

You do this just past the bloom head.

Hydrangeas rarely need pruning other than to cut back dead stalks.

Do you have problems with it not blooming well?

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Response to Major Nikon (Reply #1)

Mon May 2, 2016, 08:55 PM

3. I haven't planted it yet. Impulse buy

 

and I really want to get my house painted this Spring. I want to focus on the front gardens when that is done.

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Response to LaydeeBug (Original post)

Mon May 2, 2016, 07:21 PM

2. Thanks for the reminder,

but now have to wait for decent weather! Lots of old/dried 'flowers,' the bush is READY for a trim!

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Response to LaydeeBug (Original post)

Wed May 4, 2016, 10:30 PM

4. Only trim the branches that have bloomed.

Hydrangeas bloom on second year growth, so if you trim it all down at once, you will lose the blooms for the current year.

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