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How To Trim A Hydrangea

The hydrangea is a beautiful flowering shrub that blooms in the late summer and throughout the fall. The flowers are large, showy, and come in a wide range of colors.

How To Trim A Hydrangea

Here is the complete process explained in detail on how to trim a hydrangea:

1. Prune out any dead wood.

Use pruning shears to cut out any dead wood and canes that have died back or are severely damaged. Make the cuts just above a bud or node, where there is new growth.

If you want a bushier plant, remove some of the oldest stems in the center of the shrub. If you want a more compact plant, leave some of the oldest stems and remove some of the younger ones.

You can also prune hydrangeas in late winter (February or March) to make them bloom larger and with more flowers than usual for summer blooming varieties. To do this, cut back all stems by one-third to one-half their length from where they emerge from the soil.

This will encourage lots of new growth at the base of each stem which will then produce larger flowers on shorter stems in summer. The additional flowers will be produced on small side branches that grow from buds along each stem as well as on new stems that grow from buds at the base of each stem after it has been cut back. (This technique is not recommended for fall blooming varieties.)

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2. Cut off any remaining flower heads after they fade and die down naturally to prevent seed formation and spread of disease spores next year..

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3. Remove suckers that sprout up between mature plants .

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4 . Thin out entire clumps by removing old canes .

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5 . Move potted plants into a sheltered location if your winters are harsh .

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6 . Water regularly during dry periods during spring and summer months if rainfall is insufficient .

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7 . Trim back flowering tips regularly to keep your hydrangea looking tidy, attractive and uniform in size throughout its life cycle – but don’t trim right back to bare wood! Leave about an inch or so of green foliage on each branch tip so that it doesn’t look too severe when viewed from afar…and remember – don’t overdo it! A few hours spent pruning every year will give you maximum results with minimum effort!

Tips for How To Trim A Hydrangea

Here are 5 things to take care of with respect to how to trim a hydrangea:

1. When you trim your hydrangea, always make sure that you cut it back to the first set of leaves. This is where new growth will emerge.

2. You should prune your hydrangea during the early spring or fall seasons. This way, it has enough time to recover and grow before the weather gets hot again.

3. Always use sharp shears when you are pruning your hydrangea so that it doesn’t get damaged in any way.

4. The best time to trim a hydrangea is in the morning hours while it is still cool outside because this will give the plant plenty of time to recover from its trimming before it gets too hot again!

5. It is important to keep an eye on your hydrangeas throughout the year so that you can notice if they start to look dead or unhealthy in any way and take care of them as soon as possible!

Interesting Facts About Hydrangea

Here are 5 things you should know about hydrangea:

1. They are not really a flower but a berry.

2. Hydrangeas can be white, blue, pink, purple or red but they all have the same leaf structure and grow on the same plant.

3. The hydrangea is native to China and Japan and was introduced to Europe in 1752 by French botanist Charles Plumier, who named it after the French botanist Pierre Magnol. It came to America in 1754 with John Bartram from Philadelphia who sent it to his son William Bartram in South Carolina.

4. The hydrangea has been cultivated for 200 years and there are over 100 cultivars available today including many new ones that have been developed since 1990’s such as ‘Endless Summer’

which is an excellent choice for growing in containers because of its compact habit and ‘Pink Diamond’ which has large clusters of semi-double flowers that open pink fading to white with age. A new series of plants called “Lemon Drop” features stunningly beautiful shades of lemon yellow flowers with dark green leaves on a compact plant that grows only 3 feet tall!

5. Hydrangeas make excellent cut flowers as well as houseplants and are easy to propagate from stem cuttings taken any time of year except during blooming season when they should be taken from non-blooming stems instead (see below).


Hydrangeas should be pruned in late winter or early spring just before new growth begins. Pruning hydrangeas too far into the growing season could cause the shrub to develop root problems.

How do I prune hydrangeas?

There are three general types of hydrangea pruning: hedge, formal, and informal. Hedges are created when all the branches are cut back to a single main stem. Formal pruning is used for plants that will be maintained at a specific height and width, such as for use in hedges or topiaries.

Informal pruning is similar to formal but does not have as many restrictions on plant size and shape. In addition to these basic types of pruning, there are also several ways you can train your plants into desired shapes, such as using a fan-trained plant or a round shrub shape.

Overwatering can lead to root rot. A plant with a root rot problem will die if the cause is not corrected.

Are there any other problems that result from over-watering?

Over-watering can also cause leaf drop, especially on hydrangeas that are already stressed by too much shade or competition from other plants. If your hydrangea is dropping leaves, check to see if your soil is staying wet for long periods of time. If it is, you may need to install a drainage system in your container or give the plant more sun so that it can dry out faster.

I don’t cut off dead hydrangea blooms. I leave them on the plant to act as a food source for the bees and other beneficial insects that are attracted to their sweet nectar. The dead blooms also provide protection from winter weather by covering the delicate new growth.

How do you keep your hydrangeas looking good?

I prune my hydrangeas in early spring before they leaf out. I remove about one-third of the branches, making sure to keep the plant within its desired size range. This allows more light and air circulation through the plant, which helps it grow better and produce more blooms. The best time to prune is when there is no new growth on the plant; otherwise you risk damaging or killing it.

Pruning can be done with hand pruners or hedge shears, but I prefer loppers (which have a long handle) because they let me cut larger branches with less effort and strain on my back. Loppers can be purchased at any home improvement store for about $30-$40 per pair.

What’s your favorite thing about growing hydrangeas?

My favorite thing about growing hydrangeas is how easy they are to care for once established! They require minimal maintenance, take little space, and are beautiful all year round, even if you do nothing at all!

With proper pruning, a mature hydrangea can be pruned back to within an inch of the ground each year. This will keep it full and bushy. If you have a young plant that has not yet bloomed, do not cut it back more than one-third of its size.

How much water does my hydrangea need?

Hydrangeas thrive in moist soil but if your soil is wet, the plant might rot. Dig down about 12 inches to see if the soil is damp or boggy. If so, add some organic matter such as compost or peat moss to lighten the soil and improve drainage. Also take care not to overwater hydrangeas in containers; allow them to dry out between waterings.