Hydrangea--did I Do The Wrong Thing? - Knowledgebase Question

Name: Cheryl
Louisville, KY
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Question by bikecoack
April 12, 2001
I hope I haven't put off blooms on my hydrangea for another year. I read that the dead wood needed to be trimmed off and that buds facing the inside of the plant needed to be rubbed off now (end of March), so I did. It hasn't looked healthy since. I only trimmed back the very tips of the plant that looked dead, the dead branches and rubbed off the inside buds (not all but quite a few). Is there anything I can do to bring it around again? Thanks in advance!

Answer from NGA
April 12, 2001
At this point, it would be more of a wait and see process rather than anything you can do. To some extent spring care depends on what type of hydrangea you have. Some are quite cold sensitive in spring and could be set back by a late freeze, some should not be pruned until after they bloom, and others such as Hydrangea arborescens can be cut to the ground each year in late winter.

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