Dividing Annabelle Hydrangea?

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Dividing Annabelle Hydrangea?

Postby soccermomof3 » Mon Nov 06, 2017 9:58 am

Has anyone ever had success dividing a plant such as this? Mine are getting so big, but when I try to dig down into the root ball, the stems/roots are just so thick and "woody", that I have no luck at all. It is not that I am trying to get new plants to transplant, but rather just reduce the size of the plants where they are. Any thoughts? Thanks!
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Re: Dividing Annabelle Hydrangea?

Postby HeidiPG » Mon Nov 06, 2017 9:33 pm

I absolutely doubt it would work to divide with a woody shrub, but it probably could handle a severe pruning to a much smaller size. However, it may not bloom in the following year.
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Re: Dividing Annabelle Hydrangea?

Postby soccermomof3 » Tue Nov 07, 2017 8:53 am

I actually prune this down to the ground each fall, and it grows back lush and full of blooms each year.
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Re: Dividing Annabelle Hydrangea?

Postby HeidiPG » Tue Nov 07, 2017 8:09 pm

Well these Annabelles are very hardy, and will bloom on new and old wood, so that doesn't surprise me, but the Annabelle is not a small version of the hardy type. So, hard to contain in a small space unfortunately.

Most resources I have checked give an average height of 5 ft and width of 6 ft, so they are going to be relatively large in a small garden.
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