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Tina
Medium_hydranger 1 yr old hydrangeas, never pruned. Starting to sprout all over. Can I prune now for better shape/more growth?

I'd like to encourage a bushier plant but am worried that I have left pruning them too late for this season. They currently look like skinny stalks with brussel sprouts growing all over them with a few large leaves from last year at the top. Only had 1 flower last year, so hoping to get more this year but know nothing about gardening!!

They don't get much sun as they are planted underneath trees, may get filtered afternoon sun.

Submitted: 05:27PM, 11 Sep 2012
Answer: Hi Tina,

It is a little late to be pruning your hydrangea at this time of year. The time to prune them is when they have finished flowering (end summer/autumn). If you prune now you will be cutting off the new growth and also the new forming flower buds. When you do prune, you only prune those stems that have produced a flower. I wouldn’t be too concerned at this stage if they look a little leggy. You might like to expose them to a little more sunlight. Hydrangea will tolerate morning sun but they do need protection from the afternoon sun. Hopefully the plant will produce some more flowers for you this year. Remember only to prune back those stems that have produced flowers. Prune back to two plump buds on the stem.

Answered: 01:06PM, 12 Sep 2012

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