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Old 08-08-2013, 08:53 AM
Smallaxe Smallaxe is offline
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DA is right, our hydrangeas typically die all the way back to the ground and start over every Spring... This past year however, the snow cover and the Lakes thawing before the heavy snow cover was gone protected a lot of Hydrangeas from freezing off in the Spring,, so we had lots of 'old wood w/new branches...

No matter how you prune them,,, the blossoms will form ONLY on the new branches,,, and they are NEVER strong enough to hold up the blossoms,,, once the burning afternoon sun,,, hits them...
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Old 08-09-2013, 03:29 AM
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No matter how you prune them,,, the blossoms will form ONLY on the new branches,,, and they are NEVER strong enough to hold up the blossoms,,, once the burning afternoon sun,,, hits them...
Good stuff, Smallaxe! We have mild winters (snows maybe every 3rd year) here in the PacNW and there is no die back. I do not prune them but to shape them because as you say, the new wood is where the blooms come from. T\\
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Old 08-11-2013, 02:28 AM
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I cage all endless summer hyd's. Blooms are to heavy.
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