I've been a little sad about my hydrangeas.
|Glowing Embers Hydrangea - early fall|
2014 was not kind to them.
The snow killed off more of the old branches than usual.
Then, after waiting like 4 extra weeks for spring, we had a late frost that killed off any of the buds on the branches that didn't die.
I ended up cutting practically every branch to 6 to 8 inches.
I have 9 kinds of hydrangea and not one of them is the kind that can be cut all the way back in the spring and still bloom that year. Most hydrangeas bloom on "old wood" or stems that grew in previous years.
So instead of looking like this
|Blushing Bride Hydrangea|
|Lady In Red Hydrangea|
they look like this
Notice anything missing?
They are sadly naked.
I have naked hydrangeas.
|Glowing Embers Hydrangea - early summer|
There is an occasional bloom hiding among the foliage.
The Quickfire are firing as usual.
Thank goodness for that!
Now I won't have to go all winter without petals to make eggs, and wreaths, and garlands.
And there's more good news
The three giant blooms on my Forever and Ever hydrangea are the most beautiful blooms it has ever made.
So let me get down to business.
Except for the Quickfire hydrangeas, the rest of the hydrangeas in this post are mop-head or lace-cap hydrangeas. They should be pruned by Method 1.
Method 1 pruning instructions:
- As with almost all hydrangeas, they should only be pruned before August. August is when the buds set for the next year's growth.
- Prior to this time blooms can be cut with any length of stem. After the buds are set you should only cut at just above the first large set of leaves.
- All dead wood should be removed at the base.
- After the plant is 5 years old approximately 1/3 of the oldest living stems can be removed at the ground each summer. This revitalizes the plant.
- Prior to age 5 most plants don't require any pruning except for the removal of dead stems.
- Note: a group of mop-heads called 'remontant' will regenerate the buds if they are killed off by frost or cut at the wrong time. Endless Summer is included in this group.
|Forever and Ever hydrangea|
I hope you are appropriately sad for me.
And I hope your hydrangeas are full of blooms!
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