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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Hydrangea Dilema

This is the view from the front door of my Potting shed. As you can see I have a problem with knowing when to cut the bare stems off my Hydrangea Macrophylla.

They flower on last years branches, so I only trim them pretty much after flowering later in the summer.
But then the following spring, they have all these bare canes (some with a little foliage), and most of the growth at the base.

Do I try to figure out which canes are from previous years and cut them out, leaving last years growth?
Will I even be able to identify whats what?


  1. Love the new layout!

    As for the hydrangea- google?
    I know- I am always a huge help!

  2. No, Google is a good idea, I assumed that I would see the same information as the garden books have but its worth a try and will connect me with more gardeners! Thanks for the reminder.

  3. Hi Karen, and lovely view! I believe the branches can be cut down to where the leaves are sprouting. They will not bloom above that point. You are wise to wait.


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