Pruning Nikko Blue

sann777October 2, 2009

I have two Nikko Blues in my front yard with daylilies, etc. When should I prune them? I don't want to mess up next years blooms. They are young plants, but are huge. If they were in back yard I would let them go, but not enough room in front yard bed... Thanks. Sarah

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luis_pr(7b/8a Hurst, TX)

NB blooms on old wood so prune next year in order not to loose Spring 2010's blooms. You can prune any time after the plant blooms but before the start of July.

    Bookmark   October 2, 2009 at 11:04PM
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I'd consider relocating them to where they have sufficient room to grow without obstruction or the need for pruning. Nikko's are big shrubs and the need for regular pruning to keep them to a specified smaller size inevitably jeopardizes the flowering potential, especially in areas like GA with a very long bloom season. Find a smaller scale hydrangea for the front - you are certainly not limited by selection in your area :-)

    Bookmark   October 4, 2009 at 11:57AM
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Thanks for your help. It will be hard for me to prune in mid summer as they bloom all summer. I have old blooms on them now. I love them when they turn that greenish color. Thanks. Sarah

    Bookmark   October 5, 2009 at 12:34PM
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