When To Prune Hydrangeas

Lately, I've been receiving a lot of questions on when to prune hydrangeas.  Here's the skinny on pruning hydrangeas:

There are 4 categories of hydrangeas that are popular and are marketed extensively in the United States.  The categories are: Hydrangea macrophylla, Hydrangea arborescens, Hydrangea quercifolia, and Hydrangea paniculata.

• If your hydrangea blooms on new growth (green stems and succulent all the down to the base) prune in the late winter, early spring.
• If your hydrangea blooms on last year's wood (brown stem) prune right after they flower.
• If you have a Bigleaf Re-Bloomer like 'Endless Summer', you can prune anytime.

This past Winter we filmed a video on Pruning Pee Gee Hydrangea, which blooms on new wood.   Below is a photograph of this year's summer blooms, taken a few days ago after a couple of days of rainfall, hence the drooping giant blossoms..:)

Hydrangea paniculata 'Grandiflora' Pee Gee Hydrangea  Photo by Holly Stickley

Hydrangea paniculata 'Grandiflora' Pee Gee Hydrangea 
Photo by Holly Stickley

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Enjoy and always love hearing from you.

Till the next time...

Love, Holly ~ Your Queen Bee at The White Pear