Pruning Mophead Hydrangeas

Walter Reeves
by Walter Reeves
For those of us in GA, mophead hydrangea flowers have faded and are not very attractive. The 30 days after flowers fade is the perfect time to prune mophead hydrangeas if needed. I pruned mine last year and documented the process.
notice how tall they are
make each cut just above two leaves
finished pruning!
the debris pile
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  • Erica Glasener Erica Glasener on Jun 25, 2012
    It looks as if you pruned them back by 1/3? Do you prune them every year?

  • Suzette Trimmer Suzette Trimmer on Aug 23, 2015
    I love Hydrangea as much as the next gardener my only issue is to deadhead or NOT to dead head. I have read and tried everything and still I just don't not know whether to cut off the dried out tops or not? Please, if anyone can help I am so open to all or any advice.