azalea novice could use some advice
I have several large 12 yr old evergreen azaleas. If I remember correctly, the name is Dorothy Haydn. Except for some fertilizer in spring and occasional light pruning, I have basically ignored these plants and they have always performed beautifully. This year I noticed quite a few dead branches and they seem to be struggling. It is too late in the season for major pruning, so I was just outside pruning off some of the dead branches. I noticed that quite a few of the lower branches have rooted in the ground. A couple of questions for any azaleas experts out there:
Is there anything I should do now to try and revive these plants? I would hate to lose them- these azaleas are late bloomers and play a major role in my early summer mixed border. If not now, how about in the fall or next spring.
Also, can I separate the rooted branches and establish new plants? If so, when would be the best time to do this?