Deadheading Endless Summer Hydrangeas (Update)

Deadheading Endless Summer Hydrangea
Deadheading Endless Summer Hydrangea

Several weeks ago,  I posted about deadheading Twist and Shout Endless Summer Hydrangea shrubs because the blooms had faded and I wanted to encourage new growth.  The shrubs have been blooming all along.  They have new growth and it’s time to deadhead the old blooms again.

Endless Summer Hydrangea - Twist and Shout
Endless Summer Hydrangea - Twist and Shout

To deadhead the old blooms, I clipped them back to the second set of leaves as shown below.

Clip back to the second set of leaves to encourage new growth
Clip back to the second set of leaves to encourage new growth, and shape shrub.

While trimming the shrubs, I noticed that some of the leaves had brown areas.

Brown areas are likely a fungus caused by water on the leaves.
Brown areas are likely a fungus caused by water on the leaves.

It’s likely that this is a fungus that is commonly caused by water on the leaves.  It’s not harmful to the plants, but I’ll have to be more careful when I water them and make sure I soak the base of the plant and avoid getting the leaves wet.  I learned that it’s also best to water in the morning, rather than at night.  In the fall, I’ll trim the affected leaves off so the fungus doesn’t carry over to next year.

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