Hydrangea - Knowledgebase Question

Peekskill, Ne
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Question by jvrmallard
July 23, 2010
We have had a very hot summer. The flowers & leaves of our plant have been scorched & dried out, when would be the best time to trim them? It's a good size about 4x4'. Any advise would be helpful.

Answer from NGA
July 23, 2010
I know your hydrangea looks terrible but if you prune it now you'll encourage new growth and the new growth will suffer the same fate. If you wait 3-4 weeks, until mid or late August to prune, the new growth won't be damaged to any great degree because the days will be a little shorter and sunlight won't be quite so intense. Plus, the growth will have an opportunity to harden off before the first frost of the season. You can prune your hydrangea back hard next spring, just as new growth appears to control it's size. Best wishes with your hydrangea.

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