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Azalea advice

Posted by gmom74 z7 Ga (My Page) on
Fri, Feb 8, 13 at 17:34

I have an Exbury azalea- Gibralter. Due to illness for the last 4 years and also drought, I have been unable to take care of it like I used to.Much of it has died but there are flower buds on a few limbs. After it blooms, would it be possible to prune the branches that are still living and possibly the dead limbs off to make it come back? Do you think it would put out new growth from the roots? Also, I need to kill liriope that has spread underneath it. I guess the best way to do that is to use Round-up very carefully. Any advise is welcome- thanks.

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RE: Azalea advice

I wouldn't use RU that close to a sickly bush you are trying to save. Yes, after it blooms you should remove any dead wood and prune the living ones. Then you should water only. I wouldn't fertilize until next year. Perhaps you could add some organic material such as compost and mulch. That would encourage new growth from the base.

As far as the liarope, Just try to pull up what you can. It should be easier after this week since we are getting a lot of rain.

RE: Azalea advice

I agree with buford on all counts.

RE: Azalea advice

Thanks for your replies. There's no way I can pull up the liriope even with the soil being so wet- and I'm afraid that digging it will damage the roots of the azalea. I will prune the bush after it blooms and hope for the best. I'll post a picture if I can rejuvenate it. It's a gorgeous shrub when it blooms.

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