19301Re: [AZ] cutting back large azaleas
- Nov 11, 201311 November 2013
Azaleas can be pruned almost anytime. However, the caveat here is that pruning them whenever one gets the urge may destroy the flower production for the following season. So it is usually best to wait until after the plants have bloomed at their natural time of blooming. If the azalea is a late bloomer, say, in May or even June, prune it after that time. It will put out new growth for the next year and it is this new growth which will contain the flowers.
As for doing it right now, I probably would not, even if you were living in an area where there were normally no hard freezes during the winter. If you do, the chances are that you will not get any flowers in the spring of 2014 and you won't like that.
George E. Klump
Southern California Chapter, ARS/ASA
On 11/10/2013 6:08 AM, chris murphree wrote:
Subject:[AZ] cutting back large azaleasFrom:"chris murphree" <cmurphree1@...>Date:11/10/2013 5:30 AMTo:<firstname.lastname@example.org>this is from Ask Us page, please send cc.I have some very large azaleas that are 15 years old that I want to cut back,although you recomend doing it in early spring can I do it now without any/muchdamage to the plants?Thanks for the reply__._,_.__
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