AZALEAS - PRUNING

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AZALEAS - PRUNING

Post by NORMAN MAY » Wed, 19 Jun 1996 04:00:00



I have many azaleas which have gotten quite leggy and are now 15 yrs old or
so.  Should I cut them back to promote bushiness?  And if so, when do I do
this.  Many thanks.  

 
 
 

AZALEAS - PRUNING

Post by Paul Matsumot » Wed, 19 Jun 1996 04:00:00



Quote:
> I have many azaleas which have gotten quite leggy and are now 15 yrs old or
> so.  Should I cut them back to promote bushiness?  And if so, when do I do
> this.  Many thanks.  

By all means, do so.  Probably this fall would be best, although at the
nursery I work at, we are now cutting ours back as we repot them.  Each
type of Azalea has a different growth rate, some grow very slow and
others can grow like weeds.  If you've had yours for fif*** years, I'm
sure you know how fast it grows.  If it is a slow grower then you might not
want to cut it back to far.  Good Luck and happy gardening!  >
Maurie
 
 
 

AZALEAS - PRUNING

Post by Stephen M. Henni » Thu, 20 Jun 1996 04:00:00



Quote:

> I have many azaleas which have gotten quite leggy and are now 15 yrs old or
> so.  Should I cut them back to promote bushiness?  And if so, when do I do
> this.

Sure, azaleas take well to pruning.  It is best to prune right after
blooming. That way you don't loose any flower buds and you give the plant
time to develop new growth that will have blooms next year.

Visit my rhododendron and azalea page at
 http://www.users.fast.net/~shenning/rhody.html

--
Cheers, Steve Henning in Reading, PA   USA

   http://www.users.fast.net/~shenning

 
 
 

AZALEAS - PRUNING

Post by Rich Campbe » Thu, 20 Jun 1996 04:00:00


: I have many azaleas which have gotten quite leggy and are now 15 yrs old or
: so.  Should I cut them back to promote bushiness?  And if so, when do I do
: this.  Many thanks.  

Pruning will increase the fullness of the plants.  You should do this as
soon as they have finished blooming as the flower buds for next year's show
are formed during the growing season this year.  Although it may not be to
late now depending on your location.

--
Rich Campbell, USDA zone 7 (near Dallas)

It is possible to have a carefree Garden
   as long as you don't care what you grow.