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Do not prune in fall, winter, or spring or you could.

Hydrangea Selection, Pruning and Care Mike Andruczyk Horticulture Extension Agent, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Chesapeake Types of Hydrangeas Hydrangeas can be easy to grow in Virginia if you give them a few basic things such as a rich organic soil,File Size: 2MB.

Hydrangea Selection, Pruning and Care.

And those that bloom on new wood should be pruned before new growth begins in spring.

Oct 16, Pruning Advice for Group 2: Flower buds form on current year’s growth. Prune in early spring, just as leaves are beginning to show.

Cut branches back by one-half to one-third, cutting just above a node. Next, remove any weak or spindly branches. For H. arborescens, minimal pruning promotes large vigorous shrubs with numerous, smaller flower heads.

Hard. May 10, 4. Leave some old growth to support the plant to help it to grow well. Hydrangea flowers tend to be on the heavy side, so don't go overboard pruning old canes. Leave a good network of canes intact so that the branches don't flop over under the weight of the flowers%. Aug 25, To prune your old wood Hydrangeas, thin out the stems to help maintain the shrub’s size and shape.

Only remove dead stems or branches that are crossing one another. To tell if a branch is dead, you can scrape it with your fingernail to see if there is live growth underneath. If you see any green, the branch is alive.