Mop Head Hydrangea

Hydrangea Pruning

dadauro added on August 30, 2012 | Answered

I have heard too many ways to care for my hydrangeas. This is the first time in six years I had blooms on one of my 4 bushes. I have Mopheads. I feed yearly with hydrangea food. The "STICKS" are there all winter. Do these need to be cut off in the spring, fall or winter?

Do you leave these alone and not touch them until they fall out? I hear that you should cut those sticks that do not have leaves once the plant has started to bloom leaves. How can I get all my bushes to bloom?

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Answered on August 31, 2012

Generally, this shrub can be pruned in spring or fall, depending on your location and the type of winter weather you receive. Weak or diseased stems should be pruned to the ground while spent flowers and other stems should be cut to the last bud. Here is an article that you may find helpful:

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