Bombshell Hydrangeas
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Hydrangea care for winter

Zone Chicago, Illinois 60084 | mollybabygirl added on October 31, 2016 | Answered

My hydrangea is called a Sugar Puff. It reads Hydrangea paniculata "Bombshell". I live in the Midwest and would like to know if I have to trim this plant before winter, and any other care that it will need.

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Alisma
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Answered on November 1, 2016

This variety does not need to be pruned in the fall, except that you can remove any dead branches. Hydrangea paniculata is winter hardy in zones 4 and above. If you are in a colder zone, you can protect yours from cold as described in this article:

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/hydrangea/hydrangea-winter-care-how-to-protect-hydrangeas-from-winter-cold-and-wind.htm

Hydrangea paniculata varieties bloom on new wood and should be pruned in early spring before they begin growing again. This encourages growth of new wood, which will produce blooms. Follow the directions in the Hydrangea paniculata section in this article:

https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=516

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