Do you cut dead branches off hydrangea?

Hydrangeas should be deadheaded after blooms fade. When you cut for flower arrangements before August, cut long stems back to buds at the axil of the leaves. … To rejuvenate the hydrangea, remove up to 1/3 of the older living stems down to the ground each summer. This will revitalize the plant.

Should I remove dead wood from hydrangeas?

Deadwood in a hydrangea is defined as last’s years stems/branches that have died. They look coarse and scraggly and it’s time for them to go. Removing them improves aesthetics and opens up the plant to airflow (important to help reduce diseases in the Deep South), plus removing deadwood creates space for new growth.

What do you do with dead hydrangea branches?

So because they bloom both on old and new wood, these hydrangeas can be cut back at any time. When pruning a hydrangea that blooms on old wood, first remove any dead limbs, then crossing branches, thinning out the interior of the plant to open it to more sunlight.

Why are some of my hydrangea branches dying?

The reason for a hydrangea dying is most often due to not enough moisture in the soil. Hydrangeas require the soil to be consistently moist and will droop or die because of drought. Hydrangeas can die due to frost damage, drought, transplant shock and because of too much sun.

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Why is my hydrangea just sticks?

Hydrangea macrophylla produce their blooms on last year’s growth (also known as old-wood), so those seemingly dead brown sticks you see now are holding this year’s flower buds. When you trimmed your plant back last spring, you cut off all the flowers for the coming season.

What happens if you don’t prune hydrangeas?

Hydrangeas that bloom on old wood do not need pruning and are better off for it. If you leave them alone, they’ll bloom more profusely the next season. … Just remember new growth may come, but that new growth will be without blooms next season.

How do you prune a woody hydrangea?

Prune back stems to just above a fat bud — called a heading cut — in fall, late winter or spring. These plants have conical-shaped flower heads. I recommend leaving the dry, tan flower heads on the plant to provide some winter interest in your landscape, so I wait to prune these until late winter or spring.