Here in South Africa we are coming into our pruning and propagating season.
Flowers that have colored like the ones above are a sign that pruning time is near.
One always prunes Hydrangeas before all the leaves have fallen off.
There are 2 schools of thought about the pruning.
- If you give the plants a really hard prune, cutting right down to 4 nodes from the base, you will get larger flowers, but fewer flowers.
- If you give the plants a very light prune leaving behind most of the foliage, cutting to 2 nodes under the flower, you will have many blooms, bit they will be smaller.
Happy pruning and remember to always use sharp cutters.
The cuttings that result from the pruning can be trimmed and placed in good potting soil to propagate more plants.