How to prune Pinky Winky Hydrangeas the easy way!

After reading so many how-to’s on the correct way to prune Pinky Winky Hydrangeas — and getting discouraged by how involved some of the directions were — I came up with this easy way to prune Pinky Winky Hydrangeas – if you need to prune them at all.

How to prune Pinky Winky Hydrangeas the easy way!

It can be super-intimidating when researching that new shrub or plant you purchased. Am I right?

You planted it in the ground last Spring, and now it’s time to kick-start your garden again. Knowing what to prune — and when — can get overwhelming.

Dumb it down, Einstein!

So I’m trying to dumb it down for my own benefit, and hopefully help you too!

Pinky Winky Hydrangea from Monrovia

The image above is the only good one that I liked on the interwebs right now. It’s from Monrovia, and it’s where we got our Pinky Winky Hydrangeas which were planted a few years ago when we had our front landscaping completely redone.

Pet Scribbles front landscaping

The yellow arrows show the Pinky Winky shrubs. We’ve got two more on the other side of this large bed as well.

(And no, you didn’t miss the post about this amazing landscaping transformation. I never finished sorting through the hundreds of pictures I took of the entire process. However – stick with me, because I’m going to share it all very soon, most likely over a few blog posts so that I don’t inundate anyone with too many images at a time!)

How to prune Pinky Winky Hydrangeas the easy way!

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How to prune Pinky Winky Hydrangeas the easy way!

Here we go — instructions in a nutshell, so you can read this and get outside to prune your own Pinky Winky Hydrangeas!

Here’s what our Pinky Winky Hydrangeas looked like in early Spring this year.

How to prune Pinky Winky Hydrangeas the easy way!

(I almost want to ask you to pardon my dirty garden gloves. Almost. But I’m keeping it real here, and these are usually what my gloves end up looking like after awhile!)

Note: You can read about my favorite gardening gloves in my post here. I swear by these gloves!

I like to leave the dried flower heads on our hydrangeas (all types) for Winter interest. Sometimes they end up being blown away by fierce winds, but mostly they stay on the plants and I like the look.

How to prune Pinky Winky Hydrangeas the easy way!

Step One: Start at the end of a particular branch – and in my case it will be at the very tip of the flowers.

Step Two: Now follow the branch away from the tip until you see the first set of buds forming.

How to prune Pinky Winky Hydrangeas the easy way!

Your eyes won’t have to travel down the branch very far.

Step Three: Take your hand pruners and simply make a cut just above those buds.

How to prune Pinky Winky Hydrangeas the easy way!

That’s it.

Didn’t I mention possibly no pruning is needed with Pinky Winky Hydrangeas?

Why yes I did.

While you will come across many a garden book, online article or blog post on the interwebs about the precise way to prune Pinky Winky Hydrangeas — such as pruning back certain branches in order to get larger blooms — I simply don’t have time for that.

You don’t either. (And if you do — kudos to you, because I just don’t have that amount of patience!)

If you don’t want to prune your Pinky Winky Hydrangeas, you honestly don’t have to.

Many gardeners just prune a stray branch here or there to keep the shrub tidy. Or perhaps they prune any branches that are crossing (and touching), as that could cause the branches to begin rubbing against each other and some kind of bad, evil fungus could set in.

And there are gardeners like me who will prune just like I showed you above.

The point?  It’s up to you!

Try whichever way works best for you and then see how your hydrangeas do.

That’s really all we can hope for, right? We try our best at taking care of our garden plants and shrubs, and over time we learn what works and what doesn’t quite work.

How to prune Pinky Winky Hydrangeas the easy way!

Here’s what one of the Pinky Winky Hydrangeas looks like just one month after being pruned. You can’t even see where I made any of the cuts, so all is well in my world!

I promise to share more pictures of these hydrangeas as the season progresses, so you can see how they’re doing.

Happy gardening!




  1. jacqueline Kerstetter says

    Thank you so much!!! I appreciate your very easy directions!! you’re my kind of girl!!!!!

  2. says

    hi i read your web-site about the prunning of pinky winky, i prunned mine in early spring,this year 2017, it is the first time i owned the pinky winky my husband bought it for me last june in 2016. as i said i prunned it down to about one foot from the ground, i have nothing showing yet at the end of april, did i kill my shrub?

    • Laura says

      What part of the country are you in Jeanette? It’s hard for me to answer without a bit more info. Your shrub should be ok. Can you tell if tiny buds are forming on the 1-foot high stems you left after pruning?

  3. Sue says

    I have a Pinky Winky that stands about ten feet tall now and it’s blocking all my perennials and they are not blooming period I need to cut it back severely. I don’t know if there are any buds after I will cut it back. If you have any idea of how I should do this please let me know, thank you

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