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  • BJ Riordan

    Tips for Growing Gorgeous Hydrangeas By: SAL VAGLICA, This Old House magazine: Q: That raises the question: Should I be pruning at all? A: If your hydrangeas are sited correctly, with enough room to grow, the only pruning required is to remove dead wood—be sure to take it off at the base of the plant if the whole branch is dead—and spent flowers. In Dirr's experience, all hydrangeas benefit from regular dead-heading to encourage more blooms. Left unpruned, they will produce fewer flowers because of a growth-inhibiting chemical released by the terminal bud at the tip of the stem. Don't prune past August, though, because any new growth is susceptible to an early-fall freeze. "Whether to prune hydrangeas is often debated, but studies have shown that dead-heading spent flowers definitely encourages more and bigger blooms," say horticulturalist Michael Dirr. Shown: TOH landscape contractor Roger Cook clips large flowers from a mature peegee. These tree-like shrubs reach up to 25 feet tall, with white to pink conical-shaped, mid-to-late-summer blooms.

  • Maureen Halter

    Hydrangea pruning - Sited correctly w/ room to grow, just remove dead wood—from the base of the plant if the whole branch is dead—& spent flowers. Dead-heading encourages blooms. Unpruned, there'll be fewer because of growth-inhibiting chemical released by the terminal bud at tip of stem. Don't prune past August: new growth hates early-fall freeze "Whether to prune hydrangeas is often debated, but studies have shown that dead-heading spent flowers definitely encourages more and bigger blooms

  • Jill Waldrop

    Tips for Growing Gorgeous Hydrangeas. I need this. I can't grow hydrangeas for some reason.

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