Tips To Pruning Hydrangea Plants

Tips To Pruning Hydrangea Plants

Hydrangea plants provide shrubby backgrounds of lacy blooms all summer long. Newer hybrids and cultivars have added purple, green and bicolor blooms to the old standby pink, blue and white varieties. Like most flowering plants, pruning hydrangeas can help the plants stay healthy and produce more blooms. Hydrangeas that are pruned incorrectly, however, may produce fewer flowers. What is important is not so much how hydrangeas are pruned but when they are pruned. There are three main types of hydrangeas, and while two of the types can be pruned at any time, the third type should only be pruned during a specific time of the year. Care should be taken when pruning not to spread disease or encourage pests. One of the best tips for pruning hydrangeas is to understand that some hydrangeas flower on old wood, while others flower on new growth. Old wood is the previous year’s growth. This flowering pattern determines the timing for pruning. The various species of hydrangea plants that bloom on old wood are especially vulnerable to improper pruning.

When pruning hydrangea plants, the pruning shears should be clean and sharp. Dead or diseased wood should be removed as soon as it is seen, regardless of the time of year. The pruning shears should be cleaned with alcohol between cuts when cutting branches to avoid the spread of disease. Healthy branches are pruned by cutting just above a node. Pruned branches and clippings should be removed from the area as plant debris may encourage destructive pests.

Blue Hydrangea In The Garden

Gently pruned, this species will produce larger flowers on more vigorous shoots than it would if left alone.

Blue Hydrangea In The Garden

Garden With Flowering Hydrangea Plants

In cold climates, the extra growth seems to offer some protection from winter cold. In these regions, postpone pruning hydrangeas until the cold of winter has passed to reduce damage to the plant. Prune early in spring, before the shrub shows signs of growth.

Garden With Flowering Hydrangea Plants

Backyard With Patio And Hydrangeas

In warm climates, you can get away with pruning hydrangeas at any point in the growing season, but it is usually preferable to prune when the plant is not actively growing.

Backyard With Patio And Hydrangeas

Hydrangea Plants In The Backyard

Some hydrangeas are best pruned right after they flower, some before spring growth begins -- and some are best left alone unless they grow wild.

Hydrangea Plants In The Backyard

Garden With Boulder And Hydrangea

Unlike some flowering shrubs, most hydrangeas do not require pruning for vigorous growth or optimum flower development.

Garden With Boulder And Hydrangea

White Flowering Hydrangea Plants

One of the joys of growing hydrangeas (Hydrangea spp.), along with their extravagant blooms, is their ease of care.

White Flowering Hydrangea Plants

White Flowering Garden Hydrangea Plants

Not all hydrangeas need pruning, but many benefit from some annual TLC. Prune your shrubs according to whether they bloom on old or new wood and clean pruning shears with rubbing alcohol or hand sanitizer between shrubs to avoid spreading harmful viruses or bacteria.

White Flowering Garden Hydrangea Plants

Outdoor Garden With Concrete Bench And Hydrangeas

Mother nature outdid herself when she created Hydrangeas; not only are the flower clusters striking but left to their own devices and with minimal exertion on my part, these shrubs flower every year and seem to take care of themselves.

Outdoor Garden With Concrete Bench And Hydrangeas
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