Dead Heading Hydrangeas - Knowledgebase Question

Federal Way, WA
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Question by timmbo
November 14, 2002
I planted the Pink Elk Miniature French Hydrangea in mid-summer. It was in full bloom. The plant is small. This is late autumn and should I be dead heading it.
Do not feel it should be pruned this year

Answer from NGA
November 14, 2002
Hydrangeas bloom on new shoots produced on old wood. To encourage bushy new growth and lots of blooms next year, prune the existing stems down about 2/3rds. In the spring, new shoots will appear, topped with new flowers. Enjoy your hydrangea!

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