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Leggy Hydrangea

harmonyharmony Posts: 370
Hi, I have this hydrangea lacecap (not sure which one) which I moved into dappled shade in spring after it wasn't doing very well in its original home (congested very sunny spot). It looks a lot healthier now but it looks rather leggy and I would like it to bush out more lower down but not sure exactly when to do it and how..


  • Mary370Mary370 Posts: 2,003
    You could cut stems to about 12" in the Autumn/Spring, you may not get flowers the following season.  It will rejuvenate the shrub.  I do that with my hydrangeas every couple of years.
  • harmonyharmony Posts: 370
    Hi, thanks if it was yours would you do it this autumn or wait for next spring.
  • LynLyn Posts: 21,957
    I would cut the loses on those flowers and do it now.   It will still make a bit of growth and you may get some flowers next year, I feel you leave it it will just get more leggy. 
    I cut mine right down to about 4’ from the ground.   Never lost one yet, and I’ve got 60+ here. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

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