Pruning HYDRANGERS?

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Old 11-14-05, 07:00 PM
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Pruning HYDRANGERS?

I have 3 Hydranger bushes that have grown to be enormous!

They still have bulbous flowers in NJ in November.

The last time I pruned the bushes they failed to flower the following summer.

What is the best time to prune and how drastically shall i cut?

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Chamois
 
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Old 11-15-05, 12:53 AM
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Originally Posted by chamois
I have 3 Hydranger bushes that have grown to be enormous!

They still have bulbous flowers in NJ in November.

The last time I pruned the bushes they failed to flower the following summer.

What is the best time to prune and how drastically shall i cut?

Thanks

Chamois
Hello!
There are two main reasons why Hydrangers fail to flower :

Incorrect Pruning. This is when you cut off the flower buds by cutting the plants down very hard every year.

Dried Roots. In UK, hydrangers set its flower buds from mid August until early October and will bloom next year. At this budding stage,the plant needs a very decent supply of water so it is best to keep the plants watered/moist all the time.


Prune the plants each spring by tracing down the stems from the dried flower head to the first pair of healthy and Fat buds.These are the ones that contain the flowers so just cut above them. The job is normally done just as the leaf buds begin to break in early spring.

Different colors of hydrangea flowers can be produced depending on the soil.Alkaline soils help the flowers to be pink,red or purple and blue in acid soils.

I hope these would be of help to you.
 

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Old 11-15-05, 05:59 AM
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Thanks!

First question on this forum and an instant answer to a question that I've been wanting ask for 2 years!
 
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Old 11-16-05, 08:19 PM
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You're welcome!
 
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