Cutting back/pruning Hydrangea's - Knowledgebase Question

Midwest City, Ok
Question by copemichael
February 11, 2011
Is it possible to do this and not destroy my nice size plants? I just hate the brown stems and flower heads. Can they be pruned down low after flowering? Thanks for any help. Mr. Cope


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Answer from NGA
February 11, 2011

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You can safely prune back the flowering stems of your hydrangeas when the flowers are spent. You can also selectively shorten any overly long or misplaced stems without destroying the shape of your shrub. When mine get overgrown I do an early spring pruning, cutting everything back to knee high and reaching inside the plant to completely remove some of the oldest stems. When you make your pruning cuts, cut to just above a leaf scar. New growth will emerge from the leaf scar. Best wishes with your hydrangeas!

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