azalea looks stalky

L AJuly 11, 2014

I bought this azalea a few weeks ago. It looked really cool when yhe flowers were on it. But im wondering if this will fill out in time or will it stay stalky?

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akamainegrower

Hard to tell. It is showing signs of new growth at the base, but the long bare parts are unlikely to put out any unless they are pruned back. Leaves and flowers at the tip of branches is a natural growth pattern for many deciduous azaleas. Once planted out, this one looks as if it will spread through new branches emerging from the base.

    Bookmark   July 12, 2014 at 5:06AM
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L A

Should I prune back the branches?

    Bookmark   July 13, 2014 at 1:42AM
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akamainegrower

Your choice. Pruned back to the level of the lower growth and planted in an area that receives at least full morning sun, it will look less odd than it does with areas of bare stems.

    Bookmark   July 13, 2014 at 6:11AM
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mikebotann(8a SE of Seattle)

It's like a gawky teenager hyped on sugar (fertilizer) It will fill in as it gets larger.
Here's one of my deciduous azaleas.
Mike

    Bookmark   July 15, 2014 at 7:33AM
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