When to prune Forever and Ever to ground

joannembSeptember 1, 2013

I have 2 forever and ever "White out" hydrangeas in containers that I have overwintered for about 4 years now. This past summer they were leggy and just not as beautiful as they have been in the past. I am thinking about cutting them all the way down to give them a fresh start. Is this advisable? (I don't want to kill them) and when is the best time to do this? Thanks!

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luis_pr(7b/8a Hurst, TX)

A big pruning as you are contemplating is usually best done during the winter when the plants have gone dormant because this is less stressful. However, most people doing big prunings cut 1/3 per year for 3 years. Do not forget to water it during the winter months!

    Bookmark   September 1, 2013 at 5:08PM
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I usually wait until late winter and try to leave at least node on several good-looking stems. So basically, instead of cutting to the ground, it is cut to about 9 inches from ground.

    Bookmark   September 1, 2013 at 11:51PM
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