Sandy
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Asked on Oct 7, 2017

I had a hydranga bush planted this spring. The flowers now are spent

BunnyKal30151517Ro
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When can I cut & how much of this bush? I live in zone 4, northeast.

4 answers
    • Sandy
      on Oct 7, 2017

      Thank you Janet for your help. I have several different kinds, including a new hydranga tree planted this summer also. This is going to be invaluable to me. You are so kind.
  • Ro
    on Oct 7, 2017

    Cut before first frost, cut back as far as you would like
  • Kal30151517
    on Oct 7, 2017

    I cut mine back to six inches.
    • Sandy
      on Oct 7, 2017

      Thank you. I think it will be done today. I appreciate people who care about others' gardens, & offer their help.
  • Bunny
    on Oct 7, 2017

    There are so many varieties of hydrangeas on the market that make it almost impossible to give you an answer without more information. Some of the newer varieties bloom on old and new wood, which makes it much easier. You can deadhead, cut to take indoors, etc. at almost any time of year. I usually just pinch my spent flowers off whenever they start to look a little ragged. Then there are the gorgeous "old-fashion" mop-head varieties that are a little more picky. If you trim the older varieties in early spring you will be cutting off your entire year's worth of blooms, since they only bloom on old wood. I have alway gone on the safe side and only deadhead when needed (after they have bloomed) and the rest of the time just sit back and watch the show. Your best bet is to identify the plant by name and either "google" it or talk to a Home Extension Agent in your area. If you can't identify by name, you can look it up on most any website where they sell plants and try to identify that way. Once you correctly identify the plant you should be fine. Websites will explain in detail the light conditions and soil requirements, but you need to know what the name of your plant first in order to get the correct answer Just remember to enjoy them. In my opinion here isn't another plant that can equal the beauty of a hydrangea. You made a great choice.
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