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How do I cut back hydrangeas?

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sammac Sat 12-Feb-05 12:01:01

Have a few bushes with big brown dead head flowers in the front but am frightened to cut them back as dh did it 2 years ago and we got no flowers that summer! So what do I do? Cut back half, prune right back? Do nothing?

Mirage Sun 13-Feb-05 19:55:29

Cut back the dead flower heads to just above a healthy looking bud.I did mine last week & have done it the same way for 8 years-never lost the flowers yet.

spod Sun 13-Feb-05 22:05:06

same as mirage... works every time although wait another couple of weeks... cant remember the logic, but read that this should be done mid feb onwards

Mirage Mon 14-Feb-05 13:37:30

Spod you are right about waiting-I think it is case there is a hard frost that shrivel the buds-the dead flower heads protect them a bit.

I am just too impatient to wait-plus our hydranga is impossible to kill,even the builders didn't finish it off when they hacked at it to get the fence in.

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