When to prune hydrangea bushes. Oakleaf hydrangeas want to be left alone to do their thing. Cut back shoots to the last healthy bud. Limit to removal of dead or broken branches as needed. Often pruned as tree forms these shrubs tardivas peegees explode with panicle shaped white flowers in mid to late summer.
Those that bloom on last years growth or old wood and should be pruned in late summer. They require very little pruning. Paniculata grandiflora oakleaf hydrangeas h. Quercifolia mountain.
Keep in mind that pruning hydrangea is not always necessary. Panicle hydrangeas hydrangea paniculata. Bloom on old wood. The first step of pruning hydrangeas is to identify the variety as this determines how when and even if it needs pruning.
Because they bloom on new wood prune these in early spring before they sprout new foliage. Prune in late summer or early fall after blooming. Usually a plant that blooms before june 15th blooms on old wood and those that flower later in the season flower on new wood. Some plants bloom on old wood and you would be cutting off next years blossoms if you prune it now.
The limelight hydrangea blooms on new growth so it should be pruned in late winter before new growth begins. Steps to make it. Arborescens peegee hydrangea h. Blue in acid soil and.
Hydrangeas of this type produce flowers from side shoots which can be pruned in fall after blooming has ceased. Pruning hydrangeas can help them retain a pretty shape and produce beautiful blooms year after year. Although the florets look similar to those of bigleaf hydrangeas limelight has teardrop shaped bloom clusters and blooming starts later in the summer. When to prune hydrangea bushes varies and is not an exact science.
Bigleaf hydrangea hydrangea macrophylla the bigleaf hydrangea often has flowers whose color changes with the soil ph. Some varieties like endless summer bloom on new and old wood. There are 2 main groups of hydrangeas.