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PINCH PRUNING YOUR HYDRANGEAS

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Just when you thought you were finished w/pruning your hydrangeas, now I tell you it's time to "pinch prune" them. But wait - someone said I'm not supposed to cut them at all! Yes and no.

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REPORTING WINTER'S IMPACT ON HYDRANGEAS PART TWO

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This is the second of two reports on winter's impact on my hydrangeas. A brief recap here. In my last post, I detailed how I went out in May to assess winter's damage, fearing the worst. We had had a 2 week stretch of exceptionally cold winter weather which typically freezes the flowers buds that sleep in the stems of hydrangeas that bloom on old wood. You can get all the details on that report by going to https://bit.ly/2lRGNlm
So now it's time to tell you what happened to my mountain hydrangeas, botanically known as hydrangea serrata. A little background here. Mountain hydrangeas are so called because they come from the mountains of Japan and Korea. The best part of that heritage is that they are better adapted to sustain cold climates and winter conditions. Which is just dandy for those of us who have to put up with Mother Nature's challenges.  Unlike my bigleaf hydrangea macrophyllas, every single one of my mountain hydrangeas had flower buds on them, regardless o…