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Sep 24, Cut back after flowering to the second pair of leaves below the head in order to prevent seed developing. On established mopheads and lacecaps, cut one or two of the oldest stems at the base to encourage the production of new, vigorous replacement growth.

Hydrangea serrata can be pruned in the same treecut.buzzted Reading Time: 5 mins. Aug 03, So if you want to cut off the old wood, you should do so immediately after flowering before the new buds form. This will ensure you don’t cut off the next year’s flowers. That way you will have flowers the following year.

Flowers that grow on new wood. New wood is the current season’s growth. Therefore, you can cut back these stems at any time of the year. Don’t cut back all of it, or you Estimated Reading Time: 7 mins. Jun 23, For the best results when pruning the big Mophead varieties, do not deadhead or remove the faded blooms. Leave them through the winter and cut them back in early spring (to the first pair of healthy buds).

Pruning at this time will help the shrub produce bigger, showier flowers.

Lacecap varieties can be deadheaded. Cut them back to Estimated Reading Time: 3 mins. May 10, Prune the hydrangea to reduce its size. If your hydrangea has grown quite large, you can prune it in June or July (just after the blooming season) to contain it a bit.

Trim back the branches by 1/3 to the nearest joint. In most cases hydrangeas will grow back quite quickly, so you may not be able to maintain the smaller size for long%. Nov 19, Cutting these back in the fall eliminates new flower buds, leaving nothing but foliage. Prune by midsummer, usually within two weeks of flowers fading, if you want to shorten the plant or. Prune these hydrangeas only in the summer before August (to be safe).

Some experts believe these hydrangeas may be pruned even into August, but this might be risky. The hydrangeas may already have set their bloom buds for the next year. Method I is for hydrangea types that bloom on old wood.