Help my hydrangea!

Asked October 23, 2017, 8:28 PM EDT

I have a 3 year old hydrangea that I want to trim back....but I see new growth coming on the stems, and I am concerned I might hamper its' efforts to bloom next year. It looks very sad....but yet has some blooms on it. Any advice would be appreciated!

Howard County Maryland

1 Response

The hydrangea looks like a type of Hydrangea macrophylla, Bigleaf hydrangea. These plants bloom on old wood so prune after flowering not now. Some of the newer cultivars like “Endless Summer” bloom on both old and new wood so you can prune after the first flush of flowers. See our FAQ's on pruning hydrangeas.