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By Chino

Devon, United Kingdom Gb

This is a Picture of my climbing Hydrangea, its lovely this year but is getting a bit out of hand. can I prune it back after flowering and by how much.




Yes, quite hard. Perhaps lose 30cm all over, and more on the width. Too much might shock it, but it looks healthy, so will probably respond well to a (careful) hard prune

22 Jun, 2013


If you want to cut it back more than that, try pruning back 1/3 of the longest branches this year, another third in 2014, and the remainder in 2015. That should allow you to eventually make it even smaller, without stressing the plant unduly.

23 Jun, 2013


WOW! I never knew Hydrangea could get so huge!

23 Jun, 2013


It's a lovely one, isn't it, and normally only as big when allowed to take over a shed, or wall.

23 Jun, 2013


Just a thought - if you cut off the forward facing branches perhaps it could be encouraged to spread sideways over the wall - that's what they do when they cover house fronts - they are potentially very big plants and normally self clinging. They sometimes need a bit of encouragement to start clinging on. Apologies of you knew all this!

23 Jun, 2013


Thank you all for your replies. Yes, it is a climber, and it clings to the wall very much so too. When the wall is due for a paint we can no longer ease it forward a bit to get the paint behind it, its clung on so well, so we have to sort of paint round it trying not to paint the leaves !!!

23 Jun, 2013



24 Jun, 2013

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