Should I pinch back my endless summer hydrangea?

ordphien(9)April 13, 2013

Ok... I bought an endless summer hydrangea specifically so I could prune it down to size as space is very limited in my area.
My question is... Should I pinch of the emerging blooms?
It's very eager to bloom for me but it hasn't even filled in its designated space yet!
It's about half the size I want it to be.
So should I pinch back the blooms so it concentrates on growth?
Will that even do anything?
Or should I just leave it?

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luis_pr(7b/8a Hurst, TX)

Hydrangeas do not grow as fast as roses. Pinching may force them to become bushier/thicker plants but I am not sure it would make them grow faster. I have not tried that with hydrangeas but if you do a Gardenweb Search on the word pinch or pinching, you will see some people who have tried it (you could send them a Gardenweb Mail to see how that worked for them). I agree they will concentrate on growth if you pinch them but, ES being a rebloomer, you may still get blooms later in the growing season.

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