When should azaleas be pruned?

miranda43March 3, 2007

Hi there from Greece. I had lots of azaleas planted in big round pots on the balcony last April. They were in bloom then and they looked gorgeous. In September, along with all the other pruning I did, I pruned them as well. Just before X-mas they started blooming again and they are fantastic now but should I wait till September to prune them again or is it better to do it after they finish blooming? Thanks

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morz8(Washington Coast Z8b)

Miranda, regular pruning of azaleas isn't a requirement...

Most evergreen azaleas require little pruning other than removal of weak or dead wood or whatever trimming is necessary to keep them shapely and within bounds. When you do prune, immediately after flowering is the best time.

    Bookmark   March 3, 2007 at 10:09AM
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rhodyman(SE PA, USDA Z6)

Morz8 is right. Pruning doen't stimulate blooming, but you risk cutting off flower buds when you prune. That is why if and only if pruning is necessary, then pruning after blooming is the best time. If you were happy with what happened last year, then that seems to be the best. If they stopped blooming before September, then pruning after they stopped blooming would be best.

    Bookmark   March 3, 2007 at 12:09PM
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