The Q&A Archives: Huge flowers cause Hydrengeas to sage then break

Question: Hello Experts! The house that I moved into 2.5 yrs ago has hydrangeas in the front. The flowers are so HUGE that they bend the plants to the ground (not so nice looking). I tried encasing the plants with wire rings to support the stems as they grow but last year when they flowered they still drooped - but broke the stems off over the wire rings. Can you please offer a better solution? Thanks!

Answer: If not pruned regularly, your hydrangea will become very 'leggy', growing upwards until the weight of the stems is greater than their strength, at which point the stems will sag down to the ground and break. Your goal is to prune the shrub back each year so it remains compact and the shorter stems it produces will be sturdier. Wait until flowering has finished to prune, or prune very early in the spring, just as new growth begins. I think that will solve the problem. Enjoy your beautiful shrub!

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