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Question: 1210-4914
I have bush roses and hybrid teas as well as blue hydrangea in the sun. Can and how should I trim them? Janice, Niantic, CT

Mort's Answer:
Hydrangea in the sun should be pruned in the spring by cutting back to eleven inches from the ground. Hydrangeas in the shade need to be cut back in the fall. Hybrid tea roses are best cut back to 18 inches with only three to five main stems. Older hybrid teas will need five. Shrub roses can be cut deep. Because they are prolific bloomers, the more branching the better. All pruning can be done in the fall. If a little black die back occurs in the spring, cut bit off immediately at that time.

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