pee gee hydrangea flowers - Knowledgebase Question

Greenwood Lake, Ne
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Question by omnidance
November 8, 2010
Hi - I have several young pee gee hydrangea trees that were laden with flowers. Last winter, I had several branches break under ice & snow - should I remove the spent flowers before winter storms to help prevent the damage from weighted arched branches? Thanks for your help. Marianne

Answer from NGA
November 8, 2010
Sounds like a great idea! Although the flowers take on an interesting appearance in the fall and winter months, they can get heavy with rain and snow which will bend them down towards the ground. As you've discovered, the weight can snap the stems and damage the plant. I'd prune the flowers off, along with most of the stem to keep the branches from breaking during the winter months. Enjoy your garden!

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