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No, don't try to "divide" it. I would plant it now. ( I assume it was in a pot outside and not grown indoors). Prune in spring. Keep old flower heads....these help protect the emerging buds.
break23 wrote (see)

A friend has given me a hydrangea, in excellent condition, which she has had in a very large pot for at least 6 years.  However, I do not want to keep it in the pot but want to plant it in my garden.  Should I be planting it now or leave it until the Spring?

Also, is it likely I will be able to divide it and get extra plants?



You cannot divide a shrub-propagation is usually from cuttings.


Cuttings strike quite easily in late summer (I've got a cold frame full!).   I think the flowers of the mophead types are sterile - someone wll correct me if I'm wrong 

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