Re: Let the Gardening Begin 2011
posted at 7/13/2011 4:09 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Let the Gardening Begin 2011
[QUOTE]I am a long-time lerker and a first-time participant. My question is: I have 3 hydragena bushes. When I had my roof shoveled off this past winter, most of the snow fell on my buses which broke a lot of the branches. Most of the broken branches have blooms on them this winter, albeit they are on the ground. Any suggestion as to what I should do for them? After the blooms die, should I cut off the broken branches, tie up the broken branches? Any suggestions would be appreicated. I am no savy with gardening of any kind. TIA.
Posted by jbnickerson[/QUOTE]
jb, we turn to my son, G.T., a lot for gardening questions, he has beautiful flower gardens (see pic above), and so I forwarded your question to him. He sent me the following. I hope it will be helpful to you.
Unfortunately it all depends on the type of Hydrangea you have.
There are several different varieties. Some flower on "new growth" which means that you can cut them down in the spring, and they will flower that summer.
Some flower on "old growth" which means that you need to prune them as soon as the flowers fade so that they have time to form new growth before the fall arrives ( Then when the next spring arrives it will be considered "old growth" and will flower.)
If you have Big leaf, Mop head, Annabelle, Lace Cap varieties, or Nikko Blue, you should be able to cut then back now to allow sufficient time for them to grow new branches which should bloom next year.
To play it safe, I would assume they need to flower on "old growth" and prune them back as soon as the flowers start to fade. Just cut then above a healthy bud, which should sprout a new stem in no time.
There are many resources on line to help describe and identify the different types, so that you can learn which kind you have.