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May 7, 2020 10:47 AM CST
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Bend, Oregon USA
I just planted a hydrangea bush… It is very small and very new but there is one huge bloom at the top… And I'm wondering if I can cut that flower to bring it inside? Or am I supposed to let it bloom where it's at until it dies to cut it off?
What am I supposed to do with this hydrangea bush? If I cut the flower off will that help the other flowers grow better? Or is there the potential that I will kill the bush by cutting the bloomed flower off?
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May 7, 2020 10:53 AM CST
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Cutting flowers does not harm the health of a plant. Don't cut the leaves as they are feeding the new plant to make it grow bigger.
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May 7, 2020 2:36 PM CST
Name: Luis
Hurst, TX, U.S.A. (Zone 8a)
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Recently opened hydrangea flowers rarely dry well in the open air. Most people wait until August. Of course, the assumption is that the plant bloomed at the correct time. Your plant, though, was made to bloom early. So therefore, you can cut it earlier than August this year. The problem is trying to determine exactly how much earlier than August???

You can also let the bloom remain with the plant. As the blooms get spent, they will be a series of color changes ending in brown. Some people cut the blooms when they turn brown because they do not like the color brown. Other people leave them for winter interest. Others cut the blooms once they change from their initial color to any other color. I just leave the flowers alone. I never deadhead my hydrangeas. Mother Nature takes charge of that and she does very well, thank you. Mophead blooms start to disappear on their own during winter and Spring. But paniculatas and oakleafs have thicker pedicels than the other hydrangea varieties so the blooms take longer to disintegrate.

Then there are people who like to cut the flowers in year one to make the plant concentrate on developing a good root system faster....

Enjoy the bloom in whichever way you want.

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May 9, 2020 5:09 PM CST
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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Luis - I have a vase of cream colored Limelight probably cut in early October here in zone 7. They are lighter than they appear in this photo.

Another Limelight provided enormous heads last year and are amazing (but not the color - shades of tan).
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