We have a number of hydrangea plants on our property in Harford co. they have...

Asked May 26, 2014, 11:17 AM EDT

We have a number of hydrangea plants on our property in Harford co. they have always been quite robust,except this year, they were budding, and we had that snap freeze in March, which caused the buds to stop growing. Now all we have are bare branches ,but growth at the bottoms Should i prune them back or just leave them alone?

Harford County Maryland shrubs hydrangea winter damage

1 Response

Hydrangeas were hit pretty hard by our cold winter. Scratch the branches with your fingernail and look for green tissue. If you see it, the branch is still viable. Be patient and wait for new growth. Once the plant starts actively growing you will have a better idea of what to prune. Only prune brown dead wood.
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