Question : should i cut the flowers off my hydrangea?
my two blue hydrangeas are ailing due to a lack of water. they had lots of pretty flowers but they are turning brown. i now have a watering schedule but don't know how or when to cut the damanged ones or proper pruning for them. most of this years blooms appear to be on last years growth. is this the norm? Thanks!
- asked by dagreyfox
If you prune them now they will not bloom next year. they are temperamental,,
you can clip the flowers but you only prune them in late summer when they begin
to die down.
- answered by KYcindylou
Cutting off the spent or dried up flowers in called 'deadheading' in the
landscape trade. It is done to make the plants look better, it is a good idea to
remove them. At the same time you can cut them back so they will regrow to the
height you want them.Yes many bloom on last years growth.
- answered by Dale Griep
It all depends upon what kind of hydreangea you have. Some bloom on old wood
and some on new. You can clip off the old blooms, but don't prune until right
after the blooming stops for the year. If you prune too late in the fall you
will cut off next year's buds and you won't have a Spring bloom.
- answered by dancing_in_the_hail
I read the answers with interest. I LOVE hydrangeas and have several in my yard
at the Oregon coast. I bury old rusty nails near the roots of some to get
different colors. I've never had a problem growing them....they survive like
weeds here. But as a side note....did you know that you can cut a bloom, dry it
and the color will stay for years in that dried bloom? They make wonderful
arrangements. Good luck with your hydrangeas.
- answered by jacqueandsandee
Like the others, I think you should cut the dead blooms, but wait until later to
prune. Water and feed! I have a great idea for spent hydrangea blooms. At
least I think it is great. I have used them for the "bow" on a natural Winter
wreath before. Attach natural foliage, like pine or ceder to a straw wreath.
Instead of using ribbons and bows, I used a large, dried hydrangea bloom and
some wild berries. I cannot tell you what the berries are called, but they grow
on ditch banks and hedgerows everywhere. The berries are tiny and purple, and
they grow in clusters like grapes. Spray paint the blooms and the berries gold.
Attach the bloom in the center of the wreath where the bow would go. Drape the
berries underneath where the ribbon would be. For color, I recommend artificial
red berries. I used wild red berries once, and I found them all over the house
- answered by Rainbow