If you are wondering how to prune hydrangeas in a faster and easier way, then this blog post is a must-read for you! Read on to know about our hacks!
This spring I was visiting a friend and she wanted me to look at her hydrangeas to see why they hadn’t bloomed the year before and to see if I thought they would bloom this year. She took me to where I expected to see a hydrangea bush and I said “Where is it?” “There.” She said pointing to the ground. I looked down to see a mound of new growth a few inches high with six or seven dead sticks sticking up. Then I told her that I hated to tell her but it probably wouldn’t bloom this summer either.
I can’t tell you how many times I hear this story about hydrangeas and crepe myrtles! Especially when husbands are in fall clean up mode. Garden clean up does not mean hacking everything down. It means doing what the plant needs to perform its best the following year.
You can tell by following a blossom down and checking to see if the stem becomes dark and woody (old growth) or if it is green all the way down (new growth). If you have the new growth variety you can prune any time.
It’s important to remember that hydrangeas don’t need pruning. But because of their size at maturity, unless you have a large naturalized woodland garden, you are going to want to prune to keep them from overtaking your house. If you don’t have much room there are smaller varieties available. When making a plant purchase be sure to see what the size will be at maturity.
Prune when the majority of blossoms fade. When I pruned mine a couple of weeks ago I noticed that in the mid south it seems to coincide with the crepe myrtles starting to blossom.
Have the old fashioned kind that bloom on old growth. You can tell by following a blossom down and checking to see if the stem becomes dark and woody (old growth) or if it is green all the way down (new growth).
Enjoy your dried Hydrangeas all year!
Featured image from @blush_flowers , a beautiful Instagram account!
Michelle is a beekeeper and master gardener. She writes about beekeeping and gardening and loves to take pictures in the hives to share her love of bees with readers. She's interested in helping people reuse and upcycle objects for use in the home and garden. She never met a potting shed she didn't like. You can connect with her on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and Instagram.
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