trimming hydrangeas? - Knowledgebase Question

plain city, oh
Question by susankwillia
August 17, 2007
Are you supposed to trim off the hydrangea blooms once they dry up and turn brown? If so, how far down?

Answer from NGA
August 17, 2007


On a mature plant, the custom is to prune the flowering stalk down 8-12". This will make spring pruning easier because you will have already reduced the size of your shrub. If yours is a rather new plant with short stems, prune only a few inches below the spent flower.

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