The Q&A Archives: Hydrangeas

Question: When is the best time to prune/cut back and how much to cut? Also, when pruning is it best to cut off last year's dead blooms?

Answer: Some gardeners leave the flowers on the plant because they look attractive in the winter months; others cut them off as soon as they begin to fade. Either way is acceptable so follow your own personal preference. Hydrangeas are traditionally cut back in early spring, just as the leaf buds begin to swell. Cut everything down to about knee level to promote healthy new growth an lots of flowers. If your plant is old, you can cut out some of the oldest canes, all the way down to ground level to renew the plant. Most importantly, enjoy your hydrangea!

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