> I tranplanted an azalea that was being smothered by
> an neighboring hydrangea (Snowball). Anyway it's been
> now something like 5 years now and it still looks awful,
> scragly and leggy, not full. When I moved it, I did just
> that, moved it, no pruning or shaping or anything. About
> half of it is just dead stick. I relocated it in a semi-
> shady spot (the rhododendrens there love it).
> Suggestions are reviving it? Should I shear it to the ground?
Sounds to me like a root problem. You may have not taken enough root when
you transplanted. Or, and I think this is more likely, you didn't tamp the
soil in around the roots and there were large air cavities. This has led to
From what you write, I gather that the plant is still among the living. You
may want to lift the plant again, inspect the roots -- cutting off all the
rotten (dark, mushy) ones -- them put it back, being certain that the soil
is firmly tamped around the roots. I'd then cut way back, but leaves SOME
green. Azaleas sprout easily when trimmed, so that should not hurt it.
Azaleas are tough. Good luck.