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How hard do you cut back hydrangea I’ve cut mine back to six inches will it survive 

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  • punkdocpunkdoc Sheffield, Derbyshire border.Posts: 11,359
    Probably, but too hard and too early, don't normally cut back until Spring.
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  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,418
    It also depends on whereabouts you are. Unless you're in a very warm area, any new growth will be badly damaged - winter hasn't really started yet. It's been very mild in most areas for ages, apart from the odd bit of frost/ice/snow etc.  
    What kind of hydrangea is it?
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  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,418
    I regularly pass a [very nice ] front garden which has several oak leaf hydrangeas [my favourite] and they've hacked them all back to the ankles. It reminded me of this thread.
    I hate to think how they'll react once the cold weather eventually sets in  :/ 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 27,623
    Never seen them on sale her @Fairygirl but  was gifted one at a recent plant swap.  It is being nurtured over winter till I decide it has survived winter and then where to plant it.  Definitely not pruning mopheads or paniculatas before spring.
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  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,418
    They take heat and drier soil conditions far better than the others too, so hopefully it'll do well for you @Obelixx :)
    I moved one of mine either last year or early this year [can't remember which ] and it's doing well again. They're pretty easy really. The autumn colour is the bonus, and the bark is nice too - flaky.
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  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 27,623
    That's good to know @Fairygirl.   I have the others in north facing beds with a high wall behind them so they get plenty of any rainfall and only get sunshine between 9am and  midday in summer (zenith at 2pm here) but maybe I can try this one against a west facing wall but I'll grow it on in a pot first so it can cope better.
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  • Here in 'sub-tropical' SW Wales (lower half of coastal Pembrokeshire) it's usually early-to-mid February before pruning the mopheads. Their giant blooms usually stand up to wind & rain & even the odd frost! *Certain 'spot' prunings occur when a nearby florist has a particular order (dried heads for spraying/ arrangements). BTW: the prunings root ridiculously easily & hence multiply the stock of 'gratis' presents to nearby chums! Enjoy!
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