Hy­drangeas: To prune or not to prune?

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DIY friend, that de­pends. When does it bloom? If it’s very early in the sum­mer, you’re bet­ter off leav­ing it for now and prun­ing it right after the flow­ers are done next year. That’s be­cause it blooms on old wood. If you need to do some­thing to the plant, just take off the old blooms them­selves, noth­ing more. How­ever, if your hy­drangea blooms on new wood—mean­ing it flow­ers later in the sea­son—then it’s all right to prune it now, even down to the ground if you like. You can also leave a few stems to act as sup­ports come the next grow­ing sea­son.

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