The Q&A Archives: pruning

Question: When and how to prune a woody hydrangea?

Answer: With the exception of Oakleaf hydrangea, which can be pruned to the ground each autumn, hydrangeas produce flowering shoots in the spring on last season's wood. So, to prune for flowering, reduce the old wood by one-half to one-third in the early spring. Remove completely any stems that are obviously dead (gray in color). The remaining stems or canes will develop new flowering wood later in the spring.

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