hydrangeas - Knowledgebase Question

frankfort, Il
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Question by jpsimpson887
September 27, 2010
Im a first year gardener, i planted 2 Hydrangeas in mid-summer. My question is in regards to preparing them for winter. Should I dead-head them or should i just let the blooms fall off naturally?
thank you

Answer from NGA
September 27, 2010
You can leave the flowers alone or you can prune them off your shrubs. Either way, your hydrangea won't mind. I tend to prune the spent flowers off because they become heavy with rains and will bend the branches down, but the choice is yours. The main pruning should be done in the spring, just as the buds begin to swell on the stems and branches. At that time you can prune everything down to about knee-high. The new growth that emerges from the stems will develop flowers. Enjoy your hydranges!

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