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May 11, 2018 8:05 AM CST
Name: Stephen
Bronx NY (Zone 7a)
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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?
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May 11, 2018 9:08 AM CST
Name: Frank Mosher
Nova Scotia, Canada (Zone 6a)
Birds Region: Canadian Clematis Lilies Peonies Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge)
Roses Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Photo Contest Winner: 2017
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!
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May 11, 2018 9:12 AM CST
Name: Stephen
Bronx NY (Zone 7a)
Will I do any harm if I cut them back?
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May 11, 2018 9:53 AM CST
Name: Frank Mosher
Nova Scotia, Canada (Zone 6a)
Birds Region: Canadian Clematis Lilies Peonies Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge)
Roses Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Photo Contest Winner: 2017
You may cut of blooms-to-be at the tops of the "live" canes. Up to you. Cheers!
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