Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Pruning the Hydrangeas




I have been reading and reading, studying, and asking the experts about the correct time and way to prune hydrangeas!  There is so much to know, I think I should have gotten a degree in ornamental horticulture.  So many things to consider.  One of the big considerations is the variety of hydrangea.


Today I am biting the bullet, taking pruning shears in hand and deadheading the mop head hydrangea.  If I have done my homework correctly, mop heads should be pruned (deadheaded) before new buds form.  Most experts say "August."  This is nail biting--the hydrangeas were beautiful this year and I want them to be ever better Next Year.



Miss Oak Leaf is a different variety of hydrangea.  I do not deadhead Miss Oak Leaf.  The blooms and leaves turn a beautiful crimson and cinnamon color and the birds feed off the blooms.  Oh, Miss Oak Leaf, don't disappoint me.

2 comments:

  1. My deer take care of all my pruning. Before, during, and after blooming!

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