mop head hydrangeas

marcinont(6a london)October 15, 2006

I have a mop head hydrangea(snowball) that had a large amount of flowers this year.My question is how can I prevent the bush from flopping over? Can this be done by either prunning a certian way or doing something else.All ideas and methods would be greatly appreciated

thanks marcinont zone 6

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wayner2000(5b Ontario)

Hi Marcinont, I have the same Mop Head hydrangeas, I cut them back in late March and then I stake them as they grow. This prevents them from flopping over in heavy rains. The flowers get so big that it's impossible for them to stand on their own once they've grown....I look forward to hearing other gardeners methods..Wayne

    Bookmark   November 2, 2006 at 6:31PM
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hollysplace(z6 sw ont)

Hi Marcinont!
Neighbour has one and gave me a small piece several years ago. Now when we both thin them back we give some to others. They are all over the neighbourhood now. Quite a show. I don't do anything to mine except to cut them back sometimes as late as when the new growth starts in the spring. They're tough little beggers and so big and thick behind the tool shed that there's no room to fall over.
Jim

    Bookmark   November 3, 2006 at 10:00PM
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