When And How To Prune Hydrangeas

Trimming should be done immediately after flowering stops in summer, but no later than August 1. Do not prune in fall, winter, or spring or you could be cutting off new buds. Tip-pruning the branches as leaves emerge in spring can encourage multiple, smaller flower heads rather than fewer larger flower heads.

How do you prune a hydrangea bush?

Prune back stems to just above a fat bud — called a heading cut — in fall, late winter or spring. These plants have conical-shaped flower heads. I recommend leaving the dry, tan flower heads on the plant to provide some winter interest in your landscape, so I wait to prune these until late winter or spring.

What happens if you don’t cut back hydrangeas?

Hydrangeas that bloom on old wood do not need pruning and are better off for it. If you leave them alone, they’ll bloom more profusely the next season. Just remember new growth may come, but that new growth will be without blooms next season.

Do you cut off dead hydrangea blooms?

So because they bloom both on old and new wood, these hydrangeas can be cut back at any time. When pruning a hydrangea that blooms on old wood, first remove any dead limbs, then crossing branches, thinning out the interior of the plant to open it to more sunlight.

How far back should I trim my hydrangeas?

To control the size and shape of this hydrangea, cut back the stems by no more than one-third of their height after the final flush of flowers finishes blooming.

How do you prepare hydrangeas for winter?

The simplest method is to mound shredded leaves or bark mulch around the base of the plant to about 12 inches or so. Put the mulch mound in place in late fall after the ground freezes and uncover plants in spring when temperatures begin to stay above freezing.

Does cutting hydrangea flowers hurt the plant?

Hydrangeas will often grow back to their regular size, and over-trimming can result in uncontrolled growth. Prune faded or wilting flowers using pruning shears. Dull flowers can make your plant look blah, but pruning them away will allow for new growth.

Should I cut off Brown hydrangea leaves?

Prune off the ugliest leaves, and adjust your irrigation to keep water off the leaves. When you see leaves with brown or yellowish spots, it could be anthracnose, a much worse issue because it can kill the shrub.

Should I cut down my hydrangea for winter?

Hydrangea shrubs thrive in climates of USDA Zone 6 and above. Annual pruning for hydrangea shrubs growing in California should generally be conducted in the fall or early winter once all of the flower heads have died back or when they begin to look shabby in the landscape.

Should you cut back hydrangeas in the spring?

While some plants bloom on new growth, others primarily set flower buds on old wood. Regardless, it is best to wait to prune all hydrangeas until spring. Plants that are pruned at this time are at a greater risk of winter injury because new growth at the site of wounds is more susceptible to extreme cold.

Can you cut hydrangeas down to the ground in the fall?

It is easy to grow these hydrangeas because they bloom every year regardless of how they are cared for or treated. They can be pruned to the ground in the fall and they will emerge in the spring with bountiful blooms. Trim out dead and crossing stems and prune to shape the plant.

How do I get more blooms on my hydrangea?

How to Get More Smooth Hydrangea Flowers: Plant smooth hydrangeas in full sun if the soil stays moist. Water them during times of drought, especially during the heat of summer. Amend the soil with organic matter (such as compost). Prune stems back in early spring, just before new growth emerges.

Where do you cut hydrangeas?

To cut Hydrangea blooms for a vase, you’ll need to water the plant the day before and cut the stems the next morning. Make your cut straight across the stem just above a leaf node.

Why do my cut hydrangeas wilt?

Why Are My Fresh Cut Hydrangeas Wilting? Fresh cut hydrangeas wilt when they self-heal from the initial cut. Because cut stems start to form a substance over the wound to heal itself, water has trouble reaching the blooms. When the flowers don’t get enough water, they start drooping.

Why is my hydrangea not flowering?

The primary reasons hydrangeas don’t bloom are incorrect pruning, bud damage due to winter and/or early spring weather, location and too much fertilizer. Hydrangea varieties can be of the type that blooms on old wood, new wood or both. Old wood is the current year’s growth and new wood is next year’s (spring) growth.

Do hydrangeas need a lot of water?

Water at a rate of 1 inch per week throughout the growing season. Deeply water 3 times a week to encourage root growth. Bigleaf and smooth hydrangeas require more water, but all varieties benefit from consistent moisture. Use a soaker hose to water deeply and keep moisture off the flowers and leaves.

Why do my hydrangeas leaves look burnt?

Leaf scorch is a common problem of hydrangeas. This is often observed when a drip emitter falls out of the pot, and the plant quickly wilts leading to tip burn. Symptoms of an initial light brown necrosis usually appear on the middle to upper leaves. Symptoms begin along the leaf margin closest to the leaf tip.