All hydrangeas are beautiful in different ways, but they have one thing in common: a stunningly beautiful bloom. Hydrangeas are good and unpretentious, but in order for the plants to realize their potential, you need to take the necessary care measures. One of the most important is proper pruning.
The timing of pruning hydrangeas is different – this can be done at the beginning of the season or at the end of it. The profusion of flowering and decorativeness of the bush largely depends on competent and timely pruning. When performing this procedure, you need to remember that different forms of culture are formed in different ways.
The specific type of pruning depends on the method and nature of flowering: according to this characteristic of the plant, they are divided into large-scale groups:
- Those that bloom on new shoots this year. These include paniculate and tree species.
- Hydrangeas laying flower buds on last year’s shoots. This type includes the large-leaved hydrangea.
Autumn pruning is needed for all types, but it is done in different ways.
Rules for pruning paniculate and tree hydrangea
Paniculate and tree hydrangeas need a sanitary cut. Dried flower panicles are not left on the bushes, as they are able to bend or even break under the weight of the snow that has fallen. Then you will have to make a lot of effort to straighten the bush.
- In the fall, you can rejuvenate the tree hydrangea bush and prune it for flowering. To do this, you need to delete all old branches older than 4 years. To stimulate lush flowering next year, you can shorten the shoots to 2-4 pairs of buds. New powerful branches will develop from them in the spring.
- The panicle hydrangea can also be cut, it blooms on the shoots of the current year and even strong pruning will not prevent it from giving many peduncles next year. In the fall, you need to thin out the plant and remove all weak, thin and dry shoots.
And yet, in the autumn, it is better not to cut the bushes drastically – leave this task until spring. Now it is important to do “sanitation”, to heal the plant and remove all dry, broken and diseased branches.
How to prune a large-leaved hydrangea
A wonderful plant that blooms with lush armfuls of flowers needs very careful and gentle pruning. Those young shoots that are located closer to the tops of the branches are more likely to bloom. It is extremely important to keep young shoots and their tops intact in the harsh winter cold – this is the beauty potential of the next season.
In the case when there are many peduncles, they are all removed in autumn, carefully cutting the flower. When pruning before winter, it is very important to protect young shoots that have grown this spring and have not yet bloomed. This is the guarantee of future flower beauty. It is necessary to remove sick, damaged, broken shoots and thin growth for the winter.
In the autumn, you can add new “participants” to the ensembles of hydrangeas. The end of the warm season is a great time for new varieties to take root. We invite you to look at the range of hydrangeas in our store and choose an interesting novelty for your garden. Seedlings are delivered in containers, transfer and transplanting are well tolerated.
Article author: Oksana Artemenko