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Is there any hope??

Posted by Flwr_Zab_z5a (My Page) on
Sat, Dec 3, 05 at 11:53

When adding winter mulch to a new garden bed today, I found that one of my azaleas had been trampled. It lost at least 2/3 of its limbs (the whole thing is under a foot tall, but was very bushy.)

Two questions:

1. Is there any hope for the azalea itself? It lost one of its main stems and it dropped below freezing between the time the injury occurred and the time I found it. What can I do it help it?

2. Is it worth trying to root any of the broken off limbs? Some are in better shape than others... They also spent several freezing nights "on their own."

Thanks for your advice!!

- Zab

(PS I hope some part of this plant survives b/c it's part of a matched set.)

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RE: Is there any hope??

  • Posted by MorZ8 Z8 Wa coast (My Page) on
    Sat, Dec 3, 05 at 13:53

Obviously this isn't the best time for hard pruning, but if your azalea was healthy and well established (root system)it should be fine, although not an identical match to it's mate for a couple of seasons. Cleanly remove anything jagged or broken to prevent any secondary insect or disease taking advantage of torn tissues.

The link gives information for emergency winter cuttings in situations like yours :)

Here is a link that might be useful: Hyatt - dormant cuttings azalea

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