Cut hydrangeas - this is how it's done

Cut hydrangeas - this is how it's done

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No matter whether climbing, panicle or farmer hydrangeas - all have to be cut. However, depending on the type of hydrangea, there are a few things to consider.


Hydrangeas (Hydrangea) are easy to care for, apart from the increased water requirements, which makes them a popular garden plant (reading tip: care for hydrangeas - 4 small care tips). However, you should cut them back regularly to maintain their shape and bloom in the long term. Incidentally, this also applies to hydrangeas in a bucket.

Many hobby gardeners are mostly very unsure about the cut of the hydrangea. This is not difficult at all. You only need to know exactly what type of hydrangea it is, since the pruning depends on it. Below you can see which type belongs to which cutting group and how they are cut correctly.

✃ Section 1:

The species in the first pruning group already form the new shoots and the corresponding flower buds in the current garden year. Therefore, you must not cut back these hydrangeas too much. Otherwise you could damage the fresh buds.

This group of hydrangea species includes:

  • all varieties of farmer's hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla)
  • all varieties of plate hydrangea (Hydrangea serrata)
  • Oak leaf hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia)
  • Velvet hydrangea (Hydrangea sargentiana)
  • Climbing hydrangea (Hydrangea petiolaris)
  • Giant leaf hydrangea (Hydrangea aspera "Macrophylla")

How to cut the hydrangeas:

It is best to prune the types of this cutting group very early in the spring because they are sensitive to frost. First cut off the old inflorescences directly above the first pair of buds. You can then thin out the whole plant a little if necessary. It is important that you only cut the oldest shoots off the ground. If you cut back the hydrangea more, the plant will not bloom for a year.

✃ Section 2:

The second cutting group includes the varieties in which the buds are only formed in the current garden year.

This group includes:

  • all varieties of panicle hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata)
  • all varieties of snowball hydrangea (Hydrangea arborescens)

How to cut the hydrangeas:

The pruning should be done in late autumn or spring. You must cut back all shoots from the last gardening season so that only one pair of eyes remains. Fresh, long shoots will emerge from this in the next season. If you do this, the number of shoots will double every year.

Should the crown become too dense at some point, you can cut off some weaker shoots or those that are poorly placed.

The procedure for both cutting groups is also very nicely explained in this video:

✃ Special case - hydrangea “Endless Summer”:

Although this variety is botanically one of the farmer's hydrangeas, it has a special feature. Even if you prune the flower branches very much, they will sprout again and will continue to bloom in the current year. For this reason, you cannot go wrong with this strain when pruning in spring. However, it is recommended that you only remove the faded inflorescences. In addition, in summer you should always remove the faded flower immediately after flowering.


  1. Paget

    In it something is. Thanks for the tip, how can I thank you?

  2. Odin

    Bravo, you've got a great thought

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