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Pruning a Hydrangea

A friend of my husband gave him a start of a hydrangea last year. Do you cut it down and if so when?

Hardiness Zone: 5b

By ga from Wheatfield, IN

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April 11, 20110 found this helpful

I wait until spring and the plant begins to bud. Then I cut off what ever is above the highest green, and, of course, the old flower heads which I leave on for winter interest. If you cut the plant back to the ground, it will have to grow new stems before it can flower.

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April 11, 20110 found this helpful

If you don't cut them back, they will grow bigger every year.
I don't cut mine, except for the woody stems that stick up from the green in the Spring. That way my Hydrangeas
are big and healthy.

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