Cutting hydrangeas - That's how it's done

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No matter if climbing, panicle or peasant hydrangeas - they all have to be cut. However, there are some things to consider depending on the type of hydrangea.


Hydrangeas are rather easy to care for, except for the increased need for water, which makes them a popular garden plant (reading tip: hydrangea care - 4 small care tips). However, you should cut them back regularly to maintain the shape and the flowers in the long run. Incidentally, this also applies to hydrangeas in the tub.

Many hobby gardeners are usually very unsure about the cut of the hydrangea. This is not difficult at all. You just have to know exactly which type of hydrangea it is because the pruning is done according to it. Below you can see which variety belongs to which section group and how it is cut correctly.

✃ section group 1:

The species of the first section group already form the new shoots and the associated flower buds in the current garden year. Therefore you must not cut back these hydrangeas too much. Otherwise they would damage the fresh shoot.

This group of hydrangea species includes:

  • all varieties of peasant hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla)
  • all varieties of plate hydrangea (Hydrangea serrata)
  • Oak Leaf Hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia)
  • Velvet Hydrangea (Hydrangea sargentiana)
  • Climbing Hydrangea (Hydrangea petiolaris)
  • Giant leaf hydrangea (Hydrangea aspera "Macrophylla")

How to cut the hydrangeas:

The species of this group cut best in the spring, because they are sensitive to frost. First, cap off the old inflorescences directly above the first pair of buds. At the same time, you can make up the whole plant, if necessary. It is important that you cut off only the oldest shoots above the ground. If you cut back the hydrangea stronger, the plant will not flower for a year.

✃ section group 2:

The second cut group includes the varieties in which the buds are formed only in the current garden year.

This group includes:

  • All varieties of panicle hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata)
  • all varieties of snowball hydrangea (Hydrangea arborescens)

How to cut the hydrangeas:

The pruning should be done either in late autumn or in spring. You have to cut back all shoots from the last garden season so far that only one pair of eyes stops. From this come then in the next season fresh, long shoots. If you proceed in this way, the number of shoots increases twice each year.

If the crown is ever too tight, you can cut off some weaker shoots or those that are poorly placed.

The procedure for both editing groups is also very nicely explained in this video:

✃ Special case - Hydrangea "Endless Summer":

Although this species is botanically one of the peasant hydrangeas, it has a special feature. Even if you prune the flowering branches very much, they repopulate and even flower in the current year. That's why you can not go wrong with pruning this variety in spring. It is still recommended that you only remove the faded inflorescences. In addition, you should always remove the blooms in the summer directly after the flowering period.

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