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This was planted early in the spring. The flowers have collapsed and the stems are all bare. Should I cut it back to the ground?


  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,637
    Do you water it?  Hydrangeas like plenty to drink especially in their first year when they're still getting their roots down into the ground.   Give it a bucketful once a week, poured on slowly so it can absorb it all, not little dribbles that encourage roots to stay at the surface and get fried.

    The time for pruning this variety - paniculata - is in March when you cut back to a healthy pair of buds and give it a generous feed.  If it doesn't perk up after a good drink, try removing the flowers so it can concentrate on the foliage which it needs to keep to feed its roots.
    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
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