I have 4 macrophyllia hydrangeas that have bloomed beautifully and consistently for years but this year the branches are dead, no buds...there is luxuriant growth coming up from the ground. My neighbors, as well as my sister in southern Illinois also note the same thing. Is this a result of our past winter or is something else going on? And I presume it is OK to prune out these dead branches? Thank you.
Lancaster County Pennsylvania
Hi, yes it is the result of this past winter. My hydrangeas has the same issue. Prune out the dead branched and enjoy the new growth. There is a chance you might not get many blooms this year, but the plant should be fine.