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How To Prune Bigleaf Hydrangea

The bigleaf hydrangea is a beautiful shrub that can be grown in full sun or partial shade and makes an excellent specimen plant. It can be used as a hedge, privacy screen, foundation planting, or accent plant.

How To Prune Bigleaf Hydrangea

Here is the complete process explained in detail on how to prune bigleaf hydrangea:

1. Cut out dead wood.

Remove any damaged or diseased stems with pruning shears, making the cuts just above a bud or node, where there is new growth. If you don’t have pruning shears, you can use a sharp knife to make a cut just below a bud and then snap the stem off at that point with your fingers. If you’re removing a large branch that has many smaller branches sprouting from it, remove the larger branches first before cutting away the smaller ones.

2. Thin out stems so they are spaced 8 to 12 inches apart.

This will give your hydrangea room to grow and help prevent disease problems in future years by allowing air circulation around all parts of the plant. It will also help you see where new growth is developing so you’ll know where to cut back in step 3 below.

Step 3:

Remove any suckers that sprout from the base of the plant. Use pruning shears to cut them off at ground level (see photo below).

Step 4:

Remove unwanted branches that are growing into nearby plants or structures by making a clean diagonal cut on each side of the branch collar (the swollen area where leaves attach to stems) as shown below right).

It’s important not to overwater roses or hydrangeas because they don’t like their roots sitting in water for long periods of time—it causes root rot and other diseases—and it makes them more susceptible to pests and diseases such as powdery mildew and rusts, which thrive when plants are too wet for too long.

Allowing your rose bush or hydrangea to dry out between waterings encourages new growth, which means more flowers! And if you do get an infestation of pests or disease on your rose bush or hydrangea, it’s better for it not be drowning in water while it’s trying to recover!

Keep this in mind when deciding how often to water; most plants need watering once every five days during hot weather and once every seven days during cooler weather. You’ll know when your plant needs water because its leaves will start turning yellow and drooping down toward its base if it’s been too long since its last drink!

And now I’d like to share with you some tips on how best to care for each specific type of flower


To keep roses looking their best all season long, follow these simple steps:

1) Trim off any browning leaves with pruning shears as soon as they appear—you can even do this monthly during warmer months if you want! Roses only have two sets of leaves per year—one set in spring and one set in fall—so this is an easy way for beginning gardeners who might not be comfortable doing full-on rose pruning yet (see “How To Prune Roses” above) but still want their roses looking good! Just remember:

Don’t trim off any live green leaves unless they’re browning too much; otherwise your rose bush won’t have enough energy left over after photosynthesis (the process through which plants turn sunlight into food) needs are met to produce flowers! So just trim off dead brown leaves until springtime rolls around again—your roses will thank you for giving them time away from having their energy focused on producing flowers so they can focus on growing strong roots instead! Then move on down here…

2) Once spring rolls around again, start cutting back old canes (the thick main stems that grow up from underground root systems) whenever they get thicker than ½ inch wide using loppers or hand pruners (see “How To Prune Roses” above). This helps keep your rose bushes healthy by preventing them from becoming top heavy with large canes that could break under their own weight during windy days and cause damage both inside and outside your home if they fall over onto something else like a fence post or part of your lawn mower blade assembly! Also remember not to leave any stubs behind after cutting back old canes because these might become sites for disease problems later on down the road! And finally…

3) When summer arrives again, repeat steps 1 & 2 above so that come fall…your roses will be ready for wintertime hibernation mode without needing much care at all! They’ll wake up refreshed next springtime ready once again for another round of fun in the sun!! But before we move on down here…let me show you what NOT TO DO!!! That way when we talk about hydrangeas next I’m sure you won’t make these common beginner mistakes when caring for yours!!

Tips for How To Prune Bigleaf Hydrangea

Here are 5 things to take care of with respect to how to prune bigleaf hydrangea:

1. You will need to prune your bigleaf hydrangea in late winter or early spring. This is when the plant has stopped blooming and its leaves have fallen off.

2. You will want to cut back some of the top growth and about a third of the branches that are growing straight up from the main stem.

3. Cut your branches back to 3-4 buds from where they emerge from the main stem. You should also remove any dead wood as you see it throughout the year, but particularly at this time of year when you are pruning your bigleaf hydrangea!

4. Be sure to water your bigleaf hydrangea well after you have finished pruning it, so that it can heal properly!

5. If you notice any pests on your plants, be sure to treat them with an organic pesticide as soon as possible!


Interesting Facts About Hydrangea

Here are 5 things you should know about hydrangea:

1. Hydrangea is the name of a genus of plants that includes shrubs, vines and trees. The flowers are the part that people like to grow in their gardens. The leaves are large and heart-shaped, and they come in a variety of colors including blue, pink, white and green.

2. There are hundreds of different types of hydrangeas. They have been cultivated for centuries in Asia and Europe. They were brought to America by European settlers as early as the 1600s, but it wasn’t until 1811 that botanists officially named the genus Hydrangea after the French scientist Pierre Magnol who discovered them in 1755.

3. Hydrangeas have been used for centuries as herbal remedies for a variety of ailments including fevers, rheumatism and liver problems. A tea made from the leaves was used to treat cancer patients during World War II because it was believed to be an effective remedy against radiation poisoning caused by atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki during the war. However, there is no scientific evidence that hydrangea has any medicinal properties whatsoever. In fact, some experts warn against using hydrangea because they believe it can cause kidney failure if ingested or applied topically without proper medical supervision!

4. Hydrangeas are native to Japan where they grow wild along riverbanks and creeks throughout the country’s temperate regions — especially around Kyoto where they are considered one of Japan’s most important cultural symbols — representing purity, beauty and longevity due to their long life cycle (they can live up to 100 years!). Japanese brides often wear a single hydrangea blossom tucked behind one ear on their wedding day as a symbol of good luck and prosperity! In fact, when Prince William married Kate Middleton earlier this year he presented her with an extravagant bouquet containing 10 sprigs of white hydrangeas grown at his family home at Anmer Hall in Norfolk!

5. If you want your hydrangeas to bloom properly this summer you need to be sure you plant them correctly! This means planting them so that the soil level remains above their crowns (the point at which their roots meet the stems). If you don’t do this then your plants will become stunted or even die over time!

Bigleaf hydrangea pruning is best done in the late winter or early spring. Prune away any dead, diseased or damaged branches. You can also remove any branches that are growing inward towards the center of the plant or outward away from the center of the plant.

How do I prune my bigleaf hydrangea?

Bigleaf hydrangea pruning is best done in the late winter or early spring. Prune away any dead, diseased or damaged branches. You can also remove any branches that are growing inward towards the center of the plant or outward away from the center of the plant.

The bigleaf hydrangea is a beautiful specimen plant that will add color and texture to any yard. However, if you are looking for a shrub that requires minimal maintenance, this may not be the right choice for you. Bigleaf hydrangeas require regular pruning to maintain their shape and size. It’s best to prune your hydrangea in late fall or early winter before the new growth begins. Pruning your bigleaf hydrangea too early in the season can cause it to lose some of its color because it won’t have enough time to produce flowers before it enters dormancy.

There are a few hydrangeas that should not be pruned. These include Hydrangea macrophylla (big leaf hydrangea) and Hydrangea quercifolia (oakleaf hydrangea). If you have one of these, you can prune it by cutting back the stems to the main stem. You will know if you have one of these because they will not have the classic flower head shape that most hydrangeas do. They will look like oak leaves or big flat heads with no petals.

Pruning Tips for Hydrangeas

Here are some general tips for pruning your hydrangeas:

Bigleaf hydrangeas are easy to care for. They prefer a slightly acidic soil (pH 5.0-6.5), moist but well drained, and full sun to light shade. A mulching of pine needles or bark chips will help maintain the acidity level in the soil and keep moisture levels high, which is important since bigleaf hydrangeas do not tolerate drought well.

Since they grow so large, bigleaf hydrangeas need plenty of room to spread out their branches without being crowded by other plants; they can easily reach 5 feet tall and wide in just a few years! They also need plenty of space around them so that you can walk around them when pruning them. It’s best to plant them at least 20 feet from your house or any other buildings where falling branches could cause damage, because once established these plants have a tendency to get top heavy and fall over if not pruned regularly.

They require very little pruning to keep their shape attractive and open up their center for more sun penetration, but it’s best to begin pruning before the shrub gets too large. In early spring, cut back any dead wood from the previous year’s growth back to healthy woody stems that are still green. Then remove any branches that are growing inward toward the center of the shrub so that sunlight can penetrate all areas of the plant equally throughout the year.