Hydrangas - Do I cut old, woody growth in fall? - Knowledgebase Question

Hammond, IN
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Question by dwwaechter
August 6, 2007
I had one bloom on my plant this year and my wife says I should not cut old stems from last year's growth. Is there a rule of thumb to go by?

Answer from NGA
August 6, 2007
Hydrangeas flower on new shoots which develop on old wood. So, you can prune your hydrangea down to about 12-18", but you'll want to leave that much old wood so new flowering shoots will have a place to develop. Best wishes with your hydrangea!

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