Wondering when is the best time to prune your hydrangea? Hydrangea care varies by variety.
See our list below on different varieties and when is the best time to prune them.
Arborescens Variety’s “Annabelle, Incrediball, Ruby Invincibelle” The best time to prune your arborescens hydrangea is late winter-early spring. Spring pruning with this variety can encourage a fuller, stronger plant which will be less likely to flop when in full bloom. Cutting the season’s new growth is considered a good prune. Cutting this hydrangea off one or two feet will encourage strong framework and support for the following spring blooms.
Macrophylla Varietys “Endless Summer Bloomstruck, Summer Crush, Endless Summer, Wedding Gown, Double Delights, Lets Dance Rythmic Blue Hydrangea, Everlasting Revolution Hydrangea, Red Sensation Hydrangea” The best time to prune your “Big Leaf-Macrophylla” - Sit back and relax. You should never prune it in winter or spring, because it sets flower buds the year before and if you shear it back, then you will cut off all of summer’s flowers. Once the Bloom is done and turned brown that is the time to remove the dead flower head-cut it back to the next set of leaflets.
Paniculata Varietys “Bobo Hydrangea, Limelight Hydrangea, Firelight Hydrangea, Strawberry Sundae Hydrangea” The Hardy Hydrangea, also blooms on new wood. You should prune it back in late winter or early spring. You can cut this hydrangea 1/3rd. This is a great job for one of those early spring days when everything is still dormant but it’s so beautiful and warm you need to be in the garden.