Established mop head Hydrangeas
Thursday: Top of the morning to you! and our tip of the week.
There’s still time to prune established mop head hydrangeas, and why not collect and dry the flower heads while you’re at it – they look beautiful, an alternative Christmas decoration, perhaps?
If your mop head hydrangea isn’t as well established as ours, which is 40+ years-old btw, you can remove the spent blooms after flowering. If you live in a cooler climate, such as Cumbria, it’s best to leave them until the following year, in early Spring you can cut back to just above the new buds, which you’ll be able to see lower down on the stems.
As we write this post, it’s almost mid-December, and so far here in Cumbria the weather is mild. If you’ve an established mop head hydrangea, there’s still time to go out and prune those spent blooms. We’ve done this and dried them, as you can see in the image above. They take just a few weeks to dry to dusky plum and burnt orange colours.