September 21, 2017

Gardening 101: How to Prune Hydrangeas

Hydrangeas are flower bearing plants common in Asian countries such as China and Japan. However, exportation of these plants species went all the way to the western countries, where the temperature and soil are favorable for their growth.

Though they can still produce flowers with little attention, pruning them makes them a better ornamental plant and could even encourage more flowers than they usually produce. If you own one and you think that it’s growing way too much from a pretty ornamental plant, it’s time for you to learn how to prune hydrangeas.

How to Prune Hydrangeas

  1.  It is best to prune hydrangeas at the beginning of spring where the plant system is still dormant. This will help you identify which branches are for pruning (dry and dead ones) and those which you should keep.
  2.  Remove all dead canes. When doing this, it’s better for you to sit next to the plant for you to determine all branches that needs to be trimmed down. After doing this, you can start deciding what shape you want your plant to follow as it grows from pruning.
  3.  Be careful not to cut down stems and branches with flowers and buds. You still want to enjoy a nice view of its flowers even if you’re pruning them.

Pruning flowering shrubs such as hydrangeas is simple, provided that the shrubs are versatile to different external factors affecting their growth. Resilient plants like hydrangeas could thrive without pruning, but learning how to prune hydrangeas will make your garden look better.

For more info watch this great video about how and when to prune hydrangeas:

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