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pruning twice in one season

Posted by helac09 (My Page) on
Wed, Jul 8, 09 at 13:26

I pruned a very mophead hydrangea in early spring (wrong time to prune, I now know) and the plant did not flower. The plant is still quite large so I am wondering if I can prune once more this month, as I understand the buds for next year start forming in Aug.? Would pruning twice in one season be too much stress for the plant?

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RE: pruning twice in one season

The buds begin to form in July here in the South. In norhtern locales, they form later. If you live in CA, TX, MS, AL, GA, FL for example, you could loose next year's blooms. I lost my blooms one season when a friend cut the blooms for drying purposes. I gave her permission to cut them in April or May but she did not show up until mid July. Total blooms for all plants on the next growing season: 2.

The only problems with pruning now would be that it is the middle of the summer so you need to check the plant for lack of moisture issues.

Also, consider relocating the plant elsewhere so you do not have to do this chore twice a year.

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