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Now is the time to start cutting back your hydrangea plants in preparation for winter. We traveled to Hydrangeas Plus (866-433-7896) to get some tips on making those hard cuts to your hydrangeas. This time of year you will start to see the buds for next year’s growth and fall is an excellent time to prune your plants to shape too.
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Don’t worry about making those hard cuts; you can take off as much as a third of your old wood if you want. Kristin VanHoose showed us where to make those important cuts, but if you still are worried you can give them a call (or drop them a line) anytime. It is also a great way to save the color of summer. Pruning is a great way to bring those blooms you love indoors to enjoy all winter long.
It is easy to preserve your blooms by following a few simple steps. First, don’t do it too early, unless you have a preservative handy. The early blooms have more color, but they are also touchy and need TLC and a professional preservative to keep that fresh color. Most varieties will dry on the vine to a nice chartreuse color that can last all winter long. Check the Hydrangeas Plus website for more tips.
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