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Old 08-05-2011, 08:04 AM   #1
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I have 2 of these, one blue, one pink.

I must admit .... I don't even know what it's called - they PO planted them - I just water them.

The heatwave didn't treat them so well .... as you can see it looks slightly roasted. Those flowers look beyond saving, if I chop them would that give the bush more energy to grow new ones or do I need to leave these on for other reasons?
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New to gardening myself, but I'm guessing those are snowball viburnum and the flowers can be cut without problem.
Many plants respond to "dead heading" by growing a second and third round of flowers, but I don't think the viburnums will. Not sure.

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Also not a gardener, but since one is blue and the other pink, I would guess they are hydrangeas.
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Also not a gardener, but since one is blue and the other pink, I would guess they are hydrangeas.
I think I have heard that term used before. One of my friends was dropping me off and his wife said "I like your hydrangeas"

I just said "thanks"
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you can over prune them so do some research. we trim ours back after the leaves fall but minimal at that, good luck
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http://www.hydrangeashydrangeas.com/pruning.html

It seems it's OK to just chop those off!

I'm gonna see if I can get my wife to do it while I put up drywall tomorrow hehe.
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Love Hydrangeas. You can leave the flowers on and they dry very nicely on the shrub. I have a beautiful wreath made of dried hydrangea blooms.

Or, if you don't like them, cut them off.
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I like them, they just look kinda "sad" as a result of the heatwave. I watered them as much as I could but as you can see it didn't really work.

I was hoping for new growth if I chopped them, which it appears there is slight hope for.
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I like them, they just look kinda "sad" as a result of the heatwave. I watered them as much as I could but as you can see it didn't really work.

I was hoping for new growth if I chopped them, which it appears there is slight hope for.
If they are 'Droopy' don't cut them right now. It will force some new growth and that will stress-out an already stressed plant. If things cool off and yours start looking better... then cut away.

In CT you may get enough new growth to survive the first frost. Next year (if it isn't so freakin hot) cut them as soon as the ENTIRE shrub blooms - you may force a second round of blossoms. They will not be as large or brightly colored as the first, but if done early enough it will work.

BTW - don't cut back the 'dead looking' sticks that are left at the end of the year (unless you want a smaller shrub). They will come back to life in the spring. Hydrangeas can tolerate part shade and full sun (in fact, they bloom much better with more than 1/2 day of sun) but they have a lot of trouble in the heat. Mine are all droopy right now; even though I am putting tons of water on them.
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Also, just looked back at your pic and your shrub is looking FINE. Cut those puppies off and try for some new growth.
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I like them, they just look kinda "sad" as a result of the heatwave. I watered them as much as I could but as you can see it didn't really work.

I was hoping for new growth if I chopped them, which it appears there is slight hope for.

It is not the heat, this is just what they do. Mine looks the same way.
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After the petals dry up or fall off, cutting off the remains of flowers prevents the plant from devoting energy into producing seeds and often results in more flowers.

Sometimes this (deadheading) results in nothing different in which case all you lost was the time spent going through the plant and cutting off the remains.
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sure cut the brown ons down to the next bud and they will push the late ones more to bloom...only one flower per stem/season no matter were you cut them but could be longer with your area might catch another bloom..they were looking for water might of lasted a little longer....the color is dictated by the acid/alkiline in your soil....if you see neighbors pink.. lavander...purple thats the dirt.you had a nice harvest there when it max'd out with color.trick i do with these to get a latter bloom is to cut them down to the frost line cover them with leaves and dump snow till the next spring ..and here they come...flower in late aug into sept out here

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"Deadheaed" them Friday. If nothing else it just looks cleaner. I actually got 2 or 3 small flowers on each already so I'd say time well spent.


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