Quickfire

mimilmMarch 26, 2010

Hi,

I am new here. I live in northern Ohio. My Quickfire

hydrangea is 3 this year. I absolutely love it! I wasn't

sure if I should prune it or not. I like the heighth it

is right now. I didn't want it to get too big. I've never

grown one before, so I don't want to mess it up.

Thank you so much for your replies.

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hydrangeasnohio(6a)

The time to prune is late Fall to early Spring. I prune mine in early Spring. I enjoy the blooms through winter. I also prune mine to 1 foot tall. The harder you prune the larger your blooms will be! It's hard to do the first time but in the summer you will appreciate it.

    Bookmark   March 26, 2010 at 11:58AM
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ostrich(3a AB)

WOW! Are we turning this into an Ohioan board!? LOL!

Like hydrangeasnohio, I also prune my QF in early spring, so I can also enjoy the dried branches during winter too. Listen, this is one tough plant, so you can't hurt it... :-)

    Bookmark   March 26, 2010 at 8:48PM
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mimilm

hi, Thank you both for the info. Is it too early to
prune now? Do you protect it over winter? Mine is in
full sun. I didn't know about overwintering until I
read some posts in this board.
~~Thanks again~~

    Bookmark   March 27, 2010 at 3:04AM
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ostrich(3a AB)

Oh sure, you can prune it now. There is no need for winter protection in zone 5b and that's why I grow them! LOL! I think they are hardy to zone 3.

    Bookmark   March 27, 2010 at 9:41AM
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mimilm

hi,
Thanks again...I will go out and trim it today. I guess if
there had to be protection in the winter, it wouldn't
look as good as it does--lol!

    Bookmark   March 28, 2010 at 5:10AM
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mehearty(So ME z5a)

I still don't know why people love this plant so much. lol

I prune mine whenever, and it still does it's thing. The only thing to really love about this bad boy is that it grows fast. Really fast. So go ahead and prune it like crazy.

****waving happy spring to Ostrich ****

    Bookmark   March 28, 2010 at 9:06AM
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mimilm

It's the first one I ever bought. Got it from Bluestone
Perrenials. I love the color and how it looks. Thanks
for your info!!

    Bookmark   March 28, 2010 at 10:16AM
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ostrich(3a AB)

mehearty!!! Hello! So we are all coming out of hibernation, huh!? :-) Happy spring to you too!

P.S. Are you still not liking QF's pantyhose color when the blooms mature!? LOL

    Bookmark   March 28, 2010 at 10:19AM
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mehearty(So ME z5a)

LMAO! You remembered! You crack me up, Ostrich. Yes, the pantyhose (cheap pantyhose) color still offends my eyes. Otherwise, it's a pretty plant.

How did your babies fare over the winter? We had very little snow cover this year, so I've feared the worst. Surprisingly, my Nikkos appear green at the tips. I may even get some flowers this year. Go figure.

    Bookmark   March 28, 2010 at 5:16PM
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mimilm

hi Ladies,
Just in case you see this--i will have to let you know
later how my big cut went--lol-
I thank you all for your advice, I'd like to tell you in
a few months it looks super!!
I am around the Youngstown area--in Lake Milton actally,
where are you from~~just curious.
Thanks again!

    Bookmark   March 30, 2010 at 6:46PM
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ostrich(3a AB)

mehearty, it's too early for me to tell whether my "babies" are doing well or not, but they seem to have done well over this winter, with lots of buds on the branches.... :-)

mimilm, I am from the Cleveland area.... and I'm a guy! LOL

    Bookmark   March 30, 2010 at 9:15PM
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mimilm

I used to be in the Cleve. area yrs. ago...west side.
My sis lives in Westlake. sorry about the gender
boo boo.
Happy Easter to all!!

    Bookmark   March 31, 2010 at 5:24AM
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jane_erlandson_hud_gov

Can I prune it during its first year?

    Bookmark   April 12, 2011 at 10:06AM
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duncanmsu

Yes prune it during the first year. All young shrubs need pruning when they are young to build a full bodied plant.

I use to live in Youngstown. Loved in there. Use to work at Mill Creek Park.

Here is a link that might be useful: The Plant Hunter

    Bookmark   April 13, 2011 at 5:54PM
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ditas

Hi everyone ~HAPPY SPRING AND EASTER in a week!!!

Am almost done w/ the GARDEN CLEAN-UP hurray ~ still have a few H Divas to completely uncover & tidied up. Ma Nature gave us a gift this start of our 2011 season of fun here ~ had 2 days where we even hit 90ð ~ 2 weeks of mostly sunny upper 60ð-80ð & now 2 days of colder & intermittent rain ~ much needed to rest old muscles & joints kept in hibernation for months - right Ostritch?

Oh Meheary - lucky you the beigey p-hose ~ to me not as offensive as my years-old white ones ~ I started unwrapping from my bundled H Divas (I kept looking around in-case some eyes were ogling) as I did ever so quickly!!! LOL

Again HAPPY SPRING!!!

    Bookmark   April 15, 2011 at 12:54PM
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