Hydrangea Plants

Cutting Back Hydrangea Bush

csbloch added on April 20, 2016 | Answered

It is April in NJ and my gardener just cut my entire hydrangea bush down to the ground. I had been growing this for 5-6 years and it had been blooming beautifully. What impact will this have on my plant? Will it grow back this summer? Thank you in advance for your input.

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Answered on April 21, 2016

The variety of Hydrangea that you are growing does dictate the type of pruning.
Given your location, I do assume that the types you are growing bloom on old wood.
Though your shrub will not bloom this year, this aggressive prune will not likely kill the plant, just delay it's blooms until next season.

Watch for new growth and when the plant is actively growing you can lightly fertilize the Hydrangea.

Best of luck.


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