How to Prune a Pom Hydrangea

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Pruning a pom hydrangea is an excellent way to encourage new growth. Prune a pom hydrangea with help from an experienced professional gardener in this free video clip.

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Hello my name is Nicholas Staddon. I'm with Monrovia. Today, we're going to talk about how to prune a Pom Hydrangea. Now why should we prune Hydrangeas at all? And the reason is because they get big quickly and especially if they are new plants, you've got to get them to build a shape and form and pruning is one of the ways you can do that. There are many different types of Hydrangeas. The plant I have in front of me is called Moonlight. Moonlight is a new series of Hydrangea which are remonant bloomers. This means they are repeat bloomers. Whenever you prune them during the growing season, that is to say they will rebloom again for you at about 20, 24, 25 days during the growing season. Other great varieties which only bloom once a year are Buttons and Bows, Nikko Blue, Merritt's Beauty, Pink Elf, just to name a few. So all you need is a really good sharp set of pruners. Go down into the bush, what you are doing is looking for a suitable break, just above where the leaves break, halfway, take your pruners, sharp cut at an angle, let me get a bigger flower here, snip. Okay, don't throw these flowers away. You can take them indoors. They will make excellent cuts. Remember, put them in warm water with a little bit of sugar and they will last longer. So we're going down into the bush now, really taking away some of this new growth to help build the structure so when the day is done what we are trying to do is to establish form and shape and all we need is a good set of pruners to do it.


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