The Q&A Archives: Hydrangas - Do I cut old, woody growth in fall?

Question: I had one bloom on my plant this year and my wife says I should not cut old stems from last year's growth. Is there a rule of thumb to go by?

Answer: Hydrangeas flower on new shoots which develop on old wood. So, you can prune your hydrangea down to about 12-18", but you'll want to leave that much old wood so new flowering shoots will have a place to develop. Best wishes with your hydrangea!

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