azalea advice

dmoore66(6 NorthWest NJ)April 29, 2013

I have a 18" azalea hat ended up in the strong sun last summer after my large 60' locust tree which provided shade for it, died.
I decided to transplant it to a shadier spot last month.
It only has leaves on the tips of the branches and very few buds.
When I cut on the branches below the leaves, all the stems are healthy green.
Show I shear the top 8-10" off the bush and hope leaves start to appear below the cutting?
Would you give it some food at this time?

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rhodyman(SE PA, USDA Z6)

I would not remove over 1/3 of the leaves at any one time. Since it is stressed, it won't snap back like a more vigorous plant. You can start by breaking off the highest leaf buds when they open. This will stimulate the lower buds to grow better.

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