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Hydrangea needs to be cut ... how best to do it?

jamesharcourtjamesharcourt West SussexPosts: 465
We have a mop head hydrangea which unfortunately though in full spectacular bloom … is overarching more than halfway into the pavement and I’m getting complaints.  Is there any way I can cut this back and prompt re-flowering? Or at least in such a way as not to damage it for next year?


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  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 21,140
    Unfortunately not, if you cut it back now it won’t reflower this year,  but as you have no option you can cut back to the ground the overhang, and the new growth will be nice for next year.  The bit left inside your garden can be pruned as usual next March to April. 
    Failing that, can’t you just pull the whole lot back into your garden and fix it with canes then prune the whole lot next year.

     We’ve got a long run of them which had got out of hand, right up to the bedroom window, we cut the whole lot back last April, right to the ground,  no flowers that year but this year they are magnificent.
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

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