How to Prune Incrediball Hydrangeas

“Please tell us whether or not we should cut down in the fall our incrediball hydrangea that we planted. ~George”


Hi George,

Thank you for the email regarding your Incrediball Hydrangea.  Prune Incrediball hydrangea plants (if, indeed, any pruning is called for, at all) any time between the first hard frost of fall and early spring. Depending upon your tastes, pruning cuts can be made right down to the ground; new shoots will be generated. Most opt for an early spring pruning, taking advantage of the visual interest the dried flower heads add to the fall yard: Because the flower heads consist mainly of tough sepals, they persist right through autumn (although the color does fade to a tan). People often cut some of the flower heads for use in dried arrangements.


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