Happy Monday! The warm, spring air this past weekend was super refreshing and so was the chance to be talking with neighbors I haven’t seen since last October.

In typical ‘home-nerd’ fashion, the bulk of my conversations were about lawn and landscaping. The question that came up that you might have an opinion about was about the hydrangea we both have planted in our yards. The discussion was about when is the best time to deadhead and prune them?

Hydrangea are a super popular plant you can find in many landscapes throughout Omaha. I find them very easy plants to care for, very tolerant of our winters, and prolific summer bloomers. For all those reasons I have given them some prime real estate in my yard.

My neighbor and I both have limelight Hydrangea (Paniculata) and we came to the conclusion that deadheading in the spring was probably the best but I have heard otherwise.

Always looking for an excuse to visit the help desk at Mulhall’s, the answers I got to my questions brought up a few tips I thought I’d share. Here is what I found out…

  • Spring blooms can bud just below dead blossoms so leaving them through winter can provide some protection

  • Spent blooms should be cut with the stem attached at or near the joint with the larger branch

  • Deadhead hydrangea throughout the blooming season to divert energy to more important parts of the plant’s growth.

  • Heavy snow can weigh down dead blossoms in the winter months potentially causing limb damage.

  • Hydrangea stems break easily in the spring so tools are often unnecessary.

  • Paniculata hydrangeas can be pruned into a tree form but are naturally shrubs.