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Re: pruning Hydrangea, mop head

When and what to prune in hydrangeas is almost (but not quite) as
confusing as Clematis.  'Annabelle' is the easiest- she blooms on new
wood and pruning is done in very early spring, just as the buds
swell.  I cut mine to the first set of buds above ground.

I went into a pretty thorough description of when and how to prune
other species, including the mopheads (H. macrophylla) in the 2nd
part of my series of articles on Hydrangeas...it's really too long to
copy here, so let me send you to the article...it's on down the page
in the article:


Marge Talt, zone 7 Maryland
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> From: Tigerliley2@wmconnect.com
> My mop head hydrangea blooms on old wood I know....BUT I am still
confused as 
> to the proper time to prune.....it would be after the flowering I
know but 
> how far and when should I prune them back......do they all ways
need pruning?  
> Or does one prune just for shaping the plant...........
>   When should Annabelle be pruned...........

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