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When to prune hydrangeas

Pruning hydrangeas: general information

Nicknamed the Goddess Venus, hydrangea is considered the “second queen of the garden” after the rose and belongs to the Hydrangeaceae family which includes many plants, all “hydrangeas”, with very similar characteristics. Its flowers come together in inflorescences with a particular spherical shape of various colors: white, pink, blue, fuchsia, blue, lilac and red. Hydrangea has very distant origins, in fact it comes from extreme Asian areas, China and Japan, and from some areas of the American continent; it is grown mainly as a bush but also as a climber or small tree. Hydrangea blooms in April, this phase can last up to eight weeks. Proper pruning allows this wonderful plant to develop harmoniously and well balanced.

Pruning hydrangeas: rules and advice


Hydrangeas love a temperate and humid climate even if, most of the species are preserved at temperatures up to 10 degrees. They need a moist, well-drained soil, possibly with a neutral or slightly acidic pH. The pH influences the color of the flower: a neutral pH of the soil will stimulate shades from pink to red while an acid pH, those from light blue to blue. This does not apply to white hydrangeas which will keep their white color unchanged regardless of the pH of the soil. In the spring-summer period it is necessary to fertilize the plant once a week with a liquid fertilizer, mixed with the irrigation water which must be very abundant. During the pruning phase, at the end of the cold season, limit yourself to eliminating the dried branches and flowers of the plant.

Hydrangea pruning: differences between species


The most common species, cultivated in our gardens, is the Hydrangea Macrophylla, of which the flowering branches are pruned up to the first pairs of lower buds, taking care not to cut the young ones, on which the buds have already bloomed because they will give their beautiful flowers the following year. The Hydrangea Petiolaris or climbing hydrangea needs pruning only when it becomes too big and it is done in August or September, cutting the branches that are too long up to the main branch, giving the shrub a more orderly air. Hydrangea Aspera should be shortened slightly, removing the dead branches and balancing the foliage. It is necessary to strictly follow these suggestions to have beautiful hydrangeas that fill our apartment, the balcony, the garden with liveliness and liveliness.

When to prune hydrangeas: Pruning hydrangeas: dried hydrangeas


If you want to preserve the beauty of your garden hydrangeas for a long time, you can leave a few branches to dry upside down for about 3 weeks. After that, a few branches of lavender can be added to the dried bunch of hydrangeas. The elegant spherical shape, the softness and the vivid and bright colors make dried hydrangeas one of the most loved plants for decorations and floral compositions of great effect. A bouquet or a vase of dried hydrangeas, expertly prepared, to which other types of flowers can be added as desired, can represent, if placed in the right place in the house, a splendid piece of furniture, perhaps in the living room as a centerpiece or in the bedroom on the bedside table, to delight us and enjoy, as soon as we wake up, its charm that “smells” of eternity.

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