'pinching' azaleas

benflowerMay 15, 2010

Does anyone "pinch" off the azalea blossoms after they have died? I remember one lady who I bought them from telling me to take the whole "cluster" off, down to the wood to make more blooms next year. Mine have finished blooming and are putting out new leaves.

Should I leave them alone or try the pinching method? It appears that if I do that I will be cutting off all the new growth.


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Tammy Kennedy

A lot of them are self grooming if you are patient- they eject the dead blossoms within a week or 2. The proper time to prune azaleas and many spring bloomers is shortly after they bloom since they set their flowers for the next yr's show on wood starting about midsummer. If it's scraggly and you're wanting to make it busier pinching would probably help. If it's too big and you want to scale it back in size, now's the time to take it back. If you're happy with the size and fullness, just let it be, unless the dead flowers bother you. Some varieties don't do as good a job of self grooming and may need some help. A rake over the surface is normally all it takes.

    Bookmark   May 15, 2010 at 7:17PM
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thanks tamelask-- I think I'll just leave them be. Which I think is what most plants like anyway, as long as they are fed and watered. LOL)

    Bookmark   May 16, 2010 at 4:58PM
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