trimming back for the winter?

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Old 10-06-06, 10:58 PM
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trimming back for the winter?

Hi, I just spent the first full summer in a new house and I have a couple of quick questions...sorry, this is my first time doing anything to do with gardening...

I have a couple of peonese and hydranga bushes (sorry about the spelling...like I said: new to this ) I'm curious if I should be trimming them back for the winter or wait til the spring...I live in Manitoba, Canada...very cold and lots of snow in the winter...
 
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Old 10-07-06, 11:43 AM
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Hi Firstshack,

Cool name! Different plants require different pruning. Peony comes in two types. One is called tree peony and has woody stems that don't get killed to the ground in winter. The only pruning on these it to remove the spent blooms. The first two links show what they look like. Look carefully at the trunk and stems.
http://www.stateham.com/stacy/Tree%20peony%20Baiyuan's%20pink%204.JPG
http://www.forkandbottle.com/garden/images/treepeo0206.gif
http://www.treepeony.com/treePeonyCare.html

Herbaceous peony are the most common and these get killed to the ground with the first hard frost. These should be pruned to the ground when the leaves start to yellow in the fall. Here's some pics. In the second link you can see the oler cut stems and the new eyes (sprouts).
http://www.paeonia.ch/welte/einfe2.htm
http://www.cnpeonyflowers.com/colorbutterfly/colorbutterfly06.htm
http://www.treepeony.com/PlantingHerbaceous.html

Peonies are often prone to a fungal infection called botrytis blight.
http://plantclinic.cornell.edu/FactSheets/botrytis/botrytis_blight.htm


There are also many types of hydrangea. Some are pruned and some are not. See if you can find the type you have here. You will find pruning info too.
http://www.hydrangeashydrangeas.com/index.html

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Old 10-08-06, 12:21 AM
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Thanks for the reply!

It answered all my questions and more!
 
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Old 10-08-06, 09:34 AM
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You are so very welcome!

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