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Removing last year's growth


every autumn I leave stems and flowers on my hydrangeas and sedums to protect the crowns.  This year's growth is coming through now and I'm not sure if it's too early to remove the old stuff ?

we're in East Anglia so no real weather problems but can be a bit windy.



  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 50,268

    Hydrangea pruning depends on the type, but you can take all the dead stems of Sedums any time. They usually just break off at this time of year. image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • Joyce21Joyce21 Posts: 15,489

    I'm in Scotland and did the hydrangeas last week.

    SW Scotland
  • I'm just going to do some of my hydrangeas today, the paniculata types. The macrophyllas (mophead) can be done soon, too. I'm in Winchester, so you might want to wait a couple of weeks.


  • Dave HumbyDave Humby Posts: 1,142

    I posted the same enquiry a couple of weeks back as mine had suddenly started to burst into life earlier than in previous years. I'm in Southampton.

  • Mark56Mark56 Posts: 1,653

    I'm in SE, did mine end of Feb. Turned mild very quickly here. 

  • SussexsunSussexsun Posts: 1,444

    I am on the south coast and do mine in Feb as well.

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