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Prune dead canes and crossed branches.

Apr 17, Cut back to a healthy framework.

Cut back in early spring, pruning last year’s growth back to a healthy framework that’s between 30cm and 60cm high. Prune to just above a pair of healthy buds on each stem.

Cut back to the lowest healthy buds for Author: BBC Gardeners' World Magazine. You may ask, Will hydrangeas grow back if cut down? Even if you cut canes back to ground level during dormancy, the shrubs will grow back and produce blooms in spring. However, pruning to the ground weakens the stems over time and you may have to stake the plants to keep them upright. The older the wood that you remove, the fewer blooms produced the following summer.

The other two varieties, PeeGee and Annabelle, produce buds on the new growth each year. These hardy plants can be pruned to the ground every fall and they will regrow each spring with new buds on the new wood. Apr 12, When you prune these hydrangeas only cut away dead wood in the fall or the early spring. When you are pruning you can cut one or two of the older stems down to the base so that new branches grow with better fullness. If your plant is older or damaged you can prune all of the stems to the base.

You won’t get any flowers for the upcoming season but having done that all of the seasons thereafter will. In conclusion, you don’t have to cut back hydrangeas. If you do, it is dependent upon what type of growth you are cutting. Old-growth has bark that is layered and dry looking.

Its stems are also stiff and rigid. This type of growth should be cut before it grows its buds for the following year. You should cut it immediately after they flower.

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