hydranga pruning and digging & dividing - Knowledgebase Question

Marblehead, Ma (Zone 6b)
I need some help, Please.
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Question by GardenWalkerJJJ
November 10, 2010
When should I cut back my hydranga's and what method should I use. Is it ok to dig and divide a hydranga plant? If so, how does one go about it? Thank you very much. Jody Magee

Answer from NGA
November 10, 2010
Don't prune your hydrangeas at this time; wait until spring when new growth begins and then prune out anything that died back during the winter months. You can also shorten the stems to keep the plants under control. Prune them back by about one-third and they should grow and bloom nicely for you. You can dig and divide a hydrangea if it becomes overgrown. Late fall/early winter when the plant is dormant or early spring right after pruning are good times to dig and divide. After removing the plant, lay it on its side and cut through the root mass with the blade of your shovel. As long as each division has both roots and at least one stem attached, it will grow into a new shrub. Hope this answers all your questions. Enjoy your hydrangea(s).

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