The Q&A Archives: Deadheading Hydrangeas

Question: I cut the dead blooms from my lacecap hydrangea. I am not sure if I should have. Will it bloom again this season or do they only bloom once and then die. They had tons of blooms and were so beautiful but now I wonder if I was wrong in cutting off the dead blooms.

Answer: Many people use hydrangea blooms in fresh and dried flower arrangements, so don't worry about cutting the flowers off the plant. Hydrangea's bloom only once a season, but the foliage will stay green until nipped by frost. The roots are hardy, though, so you'll get new shoots and stems each spring. It's beneficial to the plant to cut back the old, flowering shoots, and what you've done is just exactly what the plant needs.

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