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Pruned my Azaleas, I don't think I did it right

Posted by kimcoco Zone 5, Milwaukee WI (My Page) on
Mon, Jun 9, 08 at 14:54

Needless to say, I have a brown thumb.

I have two Azaleas that I just purchased about a week ago from my local nursery. We haven't even planted them yet - because of weather conditions and because we aren't finished with our newly installed patio yet. We're still working on the landscaping.

I read that you should deadhead Azaleas just after they bloom. Well, the blooms are spent. So, I just cut them off - but, I think I did this wrong. Instead of cutting at the base of the "bloom" area, I cut beneath them on the stem. So now there's just a bare stem with a cut mark. My best guess is that this isn't right.

Can I expect that these are going to recover and bloom next year, or do I need to count my losses at this point and add this to my many "DUH" gardening moments?

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RE: Pruned my Azaleas, I don't think I did it right

They should be OK. You are right that deadheading is just removing the flower and not cutting the stem. However, the good news is that they will develop new buds along the stem and bush out eventually. Just be a little patient. They should have some flowers next year but even more the following year.

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