When do I Trim Back Azaleas?

babywatson(7)April 30, 2006

Isn't it just after they bloom? Mine are blooming now, but they really need to be cut back this year. They've gotten huge.

I think I read before you should prune them just after they bloom and it won't affect the next year's blossoms. Is this correct?

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meldy_nva(z6b VA)

That is correct. There will usually be a period of about a month, after they bloom and before they start to set next year's buds, when you can prune. I like to do the main portion of the pruning just as soon as the blossoms fade; the plant usually starts to make the new leaves within a week, which is just soon enough to give me time to do a bit more pruning if I think the appearance can be improved. Don't forget to remove one of any crossed or rubbing branches before doing the shape-pruning.

    Bookmark   May 1, 2006 at 11:28AM
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collectordi(z7VA)

I always prune mine while they're blooming. Then I put the cut branches in water and enjoy them in the house or on the porch.

    Bookmark   May 5, 2006 at 2:13AM
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