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When should I dead head my hydrangeas Should it be done while new flowers are Appearing please ?


  • barry islandbarry island Posts: 1,617

    If you mean last years blooms then I did mine in April or May this year but I don't usually bother and they fall off by themselves, I find that deadheading can risk knocking the new growth off which seems very brittle.

  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 13,282

    They should be dead headed in Spring. The old flowers protect the new leaf buds from getting frosted. I like the old flowers during the winter, they give a nice structure, particularly when frosted.

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  • Ok Thankyou I did dead head flowers

    From last year in April but I have so

    many new flowers that are fading I

    wondered if I should do it now & again

    next year But obviously not
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 82,800

    I love the look of the fading flowers - I think they're part of the attraction of hydrangeas image

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • Yes they do look good
  • Dells1Dells1 Posts: 19

    Yes the spring dead heading seems to work for me , Just the old flower head just above the first swelling buds .  Enjoy the changing colours as they fade as removing will not produce new blooms..

  • lydiaannlydiaann Posts: 291

    In the spring, when the new buds are really evident and prune just above those 2 buds. I usually do it early-mid April.

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