Even the most experienced gardeners can be confused by pruning hydrangeas. Some are cut back in late summer; others are pruned in the spring or fall. And how do you know which ones you have?
In this video, Clive Lodge, a professional gardener from Kent, Connecticut, provides a simple answer to the timing dilemma by dividing them into two categories: spring-blooming and fall-blooming. Then he demonstrates the right pruning techniques for both types.
When does your hydrangea bloom?
Timing will determine when to prune it.
Prune in fall. Leave strong looking growth with buds. Prune out deadwood and weak growth, leave the strong growth.
Prune in late winter and early spring. Prune as far back as you want right above the first leaf joints. It will grow from that point onwards, continuously getting larger each year.
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