When and how to prune hydrangeas like Endless Summer and other varieties seems to be one of the most confusing issues that gardeners face. Why is that? Conflicting information that’s what the problem is. So in just a moment here I am going to forever set the record straight for you. But first, let’s have a chat about this plant, Endless Summer Hydrangea.
In short? It’s an awesome plant and unlike some of the other Hydrangeas, this baby blooms like clock work! Because it is said to bloom on both new wood and old wood it is a more predictable bloomer. Is that true? What in the world do you mean by new wood and old wood?
Okay. In the Nursery Biz we refer to the stems on plants as “wood”. Why? I dunno, we just do. So any growth that has taken place this growing season is considered new wood. Growth from previous growing seasons is considered old wood.
Now I have a confession to make.
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My confession? I can’t figure out all of this new wood, old wood, when should I prune my hydrangea nonsense. I get that Hyrdangea like Paniculata Grandiflora and Annabelle bloom on “new wood” and therefore if you trim them in the spring or summer before they bloom you are going to stop them from blooming. I got it. That’s easy.
But Nikko Blue Hydrangea on the other hand are said to bloom on old wood and whatever you do don’t prune them in the spring or the summer, you have to prune them right after they finish blooming. Got it! Don’t prune them in the spring. However,
I Recently Broke the Rules of Hydrangea Pruning and . . .
My Nikko Blues are blooming like crazy plants. This is what happened. This spring I bought about 100 Nikko Blue Hydrangea. These plants were field grown and dug just a little bit late and they suffered some damage from being dug so late. In short, they looked bad. So we took to pruning them in May.
May!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Mike are you a crazy person?
Hmmmm. That’s debatable, but I am a nurseryman and they needed pruning so they got pruned. That’s how it works in the nursery biz. There are no books, no rules to follow, no Internet Geniuses to ask, keep in mind, nurseryman have been at this long before there was an Internet, so believe it or not, plants can function without Google.
My Nikko Blue Hydrangea looked pretty bad so we cut them back considerable and there really was nothing more than a few inches of growth left after we got done pruning. After that we left them alone. Plants like that. They like to be left alone when they are having a bad day. They need time to recover.
So here it is July 2nd and those Nikko Blue Hydrangea that we so viciously pruned are nice and full and loaded with flowers. Go figure! Good thing I don’t listen to those guys on the Internet. I am not including photos of the Nikko Blue because this post is supposed to be about Endless Summer Hydrangea and how to prune them. But I will get those posted for you. So . . .
This is How You Prune Endless Summer Hydrangea.
You look at the plant, not the calender, and you prune the plant as needed. Ideally the best time to prune any Hydrangea is right after it blooms. Write that on your wrist. “The best time to prune any hydrangea is right after it blooms.” However, life gets in the way and we often miss these “ideal windows of opportunity for pruning” so what should we do when that happens?
We should prune the plant. That’s what we should do.
If it needs pruned, then by all means prune it.
Not pruning a plant when it needs pruning is the worst mistake you can make in your garden. Prune when the plants need it. Do not wait for these “ideal windows of opportunity” for pruning. Prune, prune prune. If they need it pruning, prune them today.
When you see me on video look in the right front pocket of my bibs. Pruning shears. They are part of my uniform. And they come out often! Doesn’t matter when it is, if I’m walking by and I see something that needs pruned, it gets pruned.
About this Endless Summer Hydrangea.
These photos are from the plants in my landscape, we’ve got four of them and they are awesome. They are very predictable about blooming. They bloom like crazy and they are easy to care for. Other varieties from the Macrophylla family of hydrangeas like Nikko Blue and some of the reds? Not so much. They can be more challenging. So if you want a hydrangea that you’ll really enjoy, hunt down an Endless Summer Hydrangea.
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