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hard prune?

Posted by ck01ky none (My Page) on
Wed, Sep 11, 13 at 12:59

I have a large azalea (6ft+) next to front door which is all legs. It only has crown of leaves at top with little to no new growth below 4ft. I'd like to cut it back and start over to allow it to blend with two new azaleas I planted nearby earlier this summer. I'm in zone 7a - is it too late in the year for a hard prune? I don't care about blooms next year so long as it has leaves. Thanks!

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RE: hard prune?

A hard pruning at this point in the year will result in a lot of soft new growth that may or may not survive the winter. In Z7 in a protected location near the house all may be well, especially if you protect the new growth with a burlap screen or other device to shield it from winter sun and wind. Even if the late growth is winter killed, you'll be pretty much back where you started next spring. Another pruning back into green wood at that time will give you a flush of new growth for next summer.

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