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    • CandyB101
    • By CandyB101 10th Sep 17, 4:59 PM
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    Prunning Hydranger
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    Prunning Hydranger 10th Sep 17 at 4:59 PM
    I'm about to move into another house which has a Hydranger planted in the front garden under lounge window.
    I'm told it hasn't been cut for a few years.
    Currently too high and wide ... am I able to prune back hard now ... ?
    Or even cut back to a foot high? Or will that ruin flowering in spring/summer?
    A creative mess is better than tidy idleness
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    • Jojo the Tightfisted
    • By Jojo the Tightfisted 10th Sep 17, 7:29 PM
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    If it's a mophead, the flowers next year come from buds that are formed this year, so chopping will mean no flowers and the buds aren't sheltered by the old flowerheads through the winter that way.

    Have a look at this https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=516 as they know more than I do.
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    • CandyB101
    • By CandyB101 10th Sep 17, 7:32 PM
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    • 10th Sep 17, 7:32 PM
    Thank you Jojo for your reply.
    That's what I thought ... just wanted to go back to a small neat bush lol
    I guess I'll have to be more patient.
    A creative mess is better than tidy idleness
    • glasgowdan
    • By glasgowdan 10th Sep 17, 8:58 PM
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    • 10th Sep 17, 8:58 PM
    Cut it to the ground, never mind a foot tall. It'll grow perfectly and flower a year later but will be worth it.
    • I have spoken
    • By I have spoken 10th Sep 17, 9:30 PM
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    • 10th Sep 17, 9:30 PM
    Assuming you're planning on staying in the house, cut a third of the old stems out every year to renew the plant
    • CandyB101
    • By CandyB101 16th Sep 17, 9:39 AM
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    • 16th Sep 17, 9:39 AM
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    • 16th Sep 17, 9:39 AM
    Thank you all ...
    The loppers will be coming out.

    Is a red Acer bush ok to hard chop back too?
    Doesn't look like that's been chopped in years ... over the 2 metre border and another 1 on patio ?
    A creative mess is better than tidy idleness
    • CandyB101
    • By CandyB101 16th Sep 17, 9:41 AM
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    • 16th Sep 17, 9:41 AM
    I can't believe that these have been left and yet a clematis (not too big either) has been chopped at the bottom and pulled up?
    A creative mess is better than tidy idleness
    • Farway
    • By Farway 16th Sep 17, 2:43 PM
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    • 16th Sep 17, 2:43 PM
    Thank you all ...
    The loppers will be coming out.

    Is a red Acer bush ok to hard chop back too?
    Doesn't look like that's been chopped in years ... over the 2 metre border and another 1 on patio ?
    Originally posted by CandyB101
    Beware chopping acers, some never survive
    • glasgowdan
    • By glasgowdan 16th Sep 17, 10:45 PM
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    • 16th Sep 17, 10:45 PM
    Cut out some of the Acer branches but don't cut v hard if you want to keep them. Go for a spreading assymetric shape.
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