Here’s a question from a reader:
I bought a Hydrangea paniculata ‘Limelight’ tree in the fall of 2012. I pruned it a tiny bit as my goal is to have it grow taller. They say to prune it in late fall or late winter.
This year I had a ton of big, heavy blooms, and many of the branches drooped over.
I am wondering 2 things:
1) Should I prune back the thinner branches…and, if so, by how much? Will this actually produce sturdier branches, or make more weak ones?
2) Should all the blooms be cut off about now., and if so, just cut them to the first leaf node?
I read conflicting things, from leaving the tree alone (no pruning), to cutting it all back by a third!
I love this tree and want it taller yet sturdy enough to bear the weight of the flowers.
Thanks for your advice!
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