Mop head and Lace cap
Hydrangeas - Hydrangea macrophylla types - better known as mop head
Hydrangeas owing to their ball shaped flowers.
This group are the 'popular
garden type of Hydrangea.
This section of Hydrangeas flower in mid to late
summer on flowering shoots that were made the previous year. Correct
pruning, at the right time will ensure that your hydrangeas flower well.
They do not actually NEED pruning, but if you do, then the illustrations
below show you how.
Hydrangea serrata Bluebird - A choice and
popular lace cap variety of Hydrangea that falls within the method of
pruning outlined below.
It is normal to leave the faded flower heads on
the plant throughout the winter. They give added interest in the autumn,
and protect the new buds below from severe frost damage.
Advice about how and when to prune Hydrangeas
When and How to Prune Hydrangea Bushes.
In early spring, simply prune off last season's
flower heads to about the first pair of healthy buds below the old flower head.
With older bushes, it would be a good idea to
prune one or two of the main stems down to near ground level to encourage new
growth from the base of the plant. This ensures continuous supply of healthy
stems and usually results in larger Hydrangea flowers.
For most deciduous shrubs that flower
in mid to late summer on growth made in the previous
year, which included the hydrangeas above, the
pruning method is the same.
paniculata and Hydrangea arborescens need
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