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my hydrangea now looks like the flowers are now very faded and dull should I prune them or not,i would appreciate any help regarding this problem.many thanks.


  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Posts: 37,762

    Hi michael. It isn't a problem - just nature. All you have to do is remove the faded flowers - down to the bud on the stem below the old flower. If there are any weak and spindly stems they can be cut down to a bud just above the ground, and then just leave.

    Cacoethes: An irresistible urge to do something inadvisable
  • cornellycornelly Posts: 970

    We leave the pruning until next April after the fear of frosts, and the heads do look nice on a frosty morning.

  • Bee witchedBee witched Posts: 1,295


    I also leave the pruning until late Spring .... the old flower heads give a bit of protection to the newly emerging buds.

    Bee xx

    Gardener and beekeeper in beautiful Scottish Borders  

    A single bee creates just one twelfth of a teaspoon of honey in her lifetime
  • mushermusher Posts: 389

    Definetly leave the pruning until next spring. Is it me or as hydrangeas bee  a popular topic of conversation this year.

  • many thanks for all your help,very much appreciated

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