cutting back hydrangeas??

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by clif10, Apr 6, 2009.

  1. punt66

    punt66 LawnSite Fanatic
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    hahha not unless you want to get rid of them. There are no leaves on an endless summer after winter! All leaves are new growth.
     
  2. BostonBull

    BostonBull LawnSite Senior Member
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    my point exactly.....there are no leaves on a jap maple after winter either!
     
  3. punt66

    punt66 LawnSite Fanatic
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    Thats a tree. You cant compare an apple to a strawberry.
     
  4. punt66

    punt66 LawnSite Fanatic
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    You also cant blanket your pruning habits across all varieties of plants and trees.
     
  5. BostonBull

    BostonBull LawnSite Senior Member
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    which brings me back to my original question......why!? why are we supposed to prune hydragea this way?
     
  6. punt66

    punt66 LawnSite Fanatic
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    Not just hydrangea. Endless summer. Not all hydrangeas are to be pruned the same. With an endless summer its perfectly fine to prune it all the way down because like i said the new growth overtakes the old and the old is an eyesore for months.
     
  7. kabrac

    kabrac LawnSite Member
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    Some of the ones we have around here such as Bigleaf,French,Oakleaf hydrandeas buds form on old wood so they are to be pruned after flowering. Panicle,Smooth hydrangeas buds on new wood, so prune them when dormant and remove spent blossoms after flowering. It's all when and how the plant blooms that we know when to prune them. As a general rule, prune spring flowering trees and shrubs soon after they bloom. Summer flowering trees and shrubs bloom on new wood so they are best pruned 4-6 weeks before spring growth. I believe endless summers bloom on new wood, so you would prune them when dormant like others have said.
     
  8. clif10

    clif10 LawnSite Member
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    thanks all for your input, by the way it seems to be doing just fine! hey boston bull, when the plant matures and starts to flower i plan on cutting off some of the blooms, now why would i do that?
     
  9. punt66

    punt66 LawnSite Fanatic
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    Flower arrangment!! i got i got it. But you might ruin the vascular system. oh well. Your endless summer will do fine.
     
  10. BostonBull

    BostonBull LawnSite Senior Member
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    for flower production of course! no other reason than that, its certainly not for the health of the tree.

    what I was trying to do here was get Punt, and others, to admit that they areNOT "pruning" for the health of the plant, or structure of the plant. that they were in fact TRIMMING for their own happiness to see pretty flowers.

    clif good job man you aced the transplant and trim! I am impressed!
     

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