No blooms on 4 year old Azalea

tifbee(7)April 22, 2011


This is my first time posting a message on this board but I wasn't finding much information through the internet.

My friend has a seemingly healthy 4 year old azalea that has never bloomed for her. The leaves are nice and green, she doesn't prune the bush until fall, and she even talks to it...but it has never even budded. The bush was planted in a partial sun/shade part of her yard.

I asked if she knew for certain it was an azalea and she said she still has the tag when she bought it.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.


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bboy(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

Pruning branch ends in fall would remove flower buds, which are set on the tips during the growing season, to overwinter and then open the following year.

    Bookmark   April 22, 2011 at 9:37AM
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rhodyman(SE PA, USDA Z6)

bboy is absolutely correct. Only prune immediately after they finish blooming. Pruning later removes the following seasons flower buds. The same is true with forsythia and most other spring blooming plants.

    Bookmark   April 23, 2011 at 9:35AM
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morz8(Washington Coast Z8b)

tifbee, I'm wondering why your friend is pruning every year. Not only is Fall the wrong time as pointed out above, but most azaleas require little pruning - other than to remove winter damaged wood or trimming occasionally to keep the plant a pleasing shape.

    Bookmark   April 23, 2011 at 11:12AM
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