Hydrangeas→Should I snip the tops?

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Name: Stephen
Bronx NY (Zone 7a)
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StephenDz
May 11, 2018 8:05 AM CST
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The bottom of the branches have beautiful new leaves but the tops are bare; should I snip the bare tops off?

Name: Frank Mosher
Nova Scotia, Canada (Zone 6a)
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fwmosher
May 11, 2018 9:08 AM CST
Welcome to the Forum!! StephenDz, be careful! Hydrangeas usually have two types of bare canes from the previous year. The dead canes are usually much whiter in colour and do not show red/brown colored buds. Just went and snapped pictures of my Blue Hydrangeas (no chemicals added). They are all alive, new growth coming up from bottom, but the darker long canes have buds on-the-ready, whereas the very whitish canes do not, and will easily break off.
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Hope you can see the difference in the canes. Perhaps your canes are all dead, unusual, but can't tell from the picture which shows a very healthy plant! Cheers!
Name: Stephen
Bronx NY (Zone 7a)
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StephenDz
May 11, 2018 9:12 AM CST
Will I do any harm if I cut them back?
Name: Frank Mosher
Nova Scotia, Canada (Zone 6a)
Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Birds Roses Clematis Lilies Peonies
Region: Canadian Photo Contest Winner: 2017 Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
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fwmosher
May 11, 2018 9:53 AM CST
You may cut of blooms-to-be at the tops of the "live" canes. Up to you. Cheers!

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