The Q&A Archives: Dead Heading Hydrangeas

Question: I planted the Pink Elk Miniature French Hydrangea in mid-summer. It was in full bloom. The plant is small. This is late autumn and should I be dead heading it.
Do not feel it should be pruned this year

Answer: Hydrangeas bloom on new shoots produced on old wood. To encourage bushy new growth and lots of blooms next year, prune the existing stems down about 2/3rds. In the spring, new shoots will appear, topped with new flowers. Enjoy your hydrangea!

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