Too late in season for Hydrangea Pruning?

tulipsmiles(6 South of Boston)May 9, 2011

I haven't gotten around to pruning my Limelight Hydrangeas yet. It's May 9th in Zone 6. They are leafing out but I dont (think) I see any buds.

Can I still prune or will I cut off all the buds for this season? Also, I realize they are too close to each other, as they will get much bigger. They are 4 yrs old. I'm thinking of digging them up and replanting to give them more space. If I do this, should I prune before or after? I don't want the shock the bejeezus out of them!

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mehearty(So ME z5a)

If it were me, I'd do nothing until fall. Hopefully however, someone with knowledge about flower bud development will come along to answer your specific question.

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