When do I cut back hydrangea's in the fall? - Knowledgebase Question

Name: Laurie Malcolm
Columbus, Ohio 43220 (Zone 6a)
Question by lmalcolm2004
August 28, 2017
I live in Ohio and planted my first Hydrangea a few months ago. Do I cut back for the winter and if so, how much?

Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
aka CindyMzone5
Answer from Shadegardener
August 28, 2017

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Depends on what variety of hydrangea you have. Do you know?

Name: Laurie Malcolm
Columbus, Ohio 43220 (Zone 6a)
A comment from lmalcolm2004
August 28, 2017
I have the limelight variety

Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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A comment from crawgarden
August 28, 2017
Limelight only blooms on new wood, best to prune in late winter, or early spring before new growth begins.

Name: Laurie Malcolm
Columbus, Ohio 43220 (Zone 6a)
A comment from lmalcolm2004
August 28, 2017
I appreciate this. Since I am just a beginner at this - do you prune the branches or the entire plant? if so, how much do you leave?

Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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A comment from crawgarden
August 28, 2017
Depends on high big you want the shrub, I usually cut back to 15-20 inches, than cut about 1/3 of the stems to the ground if it's really thick. The good thing is that they are pretty resilant

Name: Laurie Malcolm
Columbus, Ohio 43220 (Zone 6a)
A comment from lmalcolm2004
August 28, 2017
Truly appreciate this.

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