How do I treat my Hydrangea during the winter? - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by jsmernes
September 30, 2006
After the Hydrangea looses its leaves am I supposed to prune or cut back the plant?

Answer from NGA
September 30, 2006
Big Leaf Hydrangeas (Hydrangea macrophylla) bloom on new shoots which develop on old wood. To keep your hydrangea under control you'll want to prune it back in the early spring, just as the leaf buds begin to swell on the branches. You can cut everything down to about knee-high. This will provide enough old wood for new shoots to develop and produce new blooms. Don't cut it back now; wait until spring. Best wishes with your hydrangea!

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