[AZ] cut back azaleas
- 10 September 2007Susan,Do not cut your azaleas now, since this will remove all chance of flowers for next year. Let them be as they are for now. When they bloom next year, trim them back right after they have finished flowering. New growth this year contains the flowers for next year. If you do not care about the flowers for next year, then, you can go ahead and trim them now. However, personally, I would wait until after they've bloomed next season.George KlumpSouthern California Chapter----- Original Message -----From: P Susan BusbySent: Monday, September 10, 2007 8:20 AMSubject: [AZ] cut back azaleas(this is from ASK US page, so please send me a CC)I live in Columbia, SC (zone 8) and have many overgrown azaleas that were not trimmed/cut back after the blooming season this year. Is there a safe time for me to cut them back this Fall or Winter?When the heart is right the feet are swift.
- "P Susan Busby" <mailto:s1061@...?Subject=
>I live in Columbia, SC (zone 8) and have many overgrown azaleas thatHi Susan,
>were not trimmed/cut back after the blooming season this year. Is
>there a safe time for me to cut them back this Fall or Winter?
Thanks for writing to the azalea group.
Azaleas produce the flower buds for the next season during the prior
summer. So this summer, your plants were producing the flower buds
for next year. If you prune them now it will remove some of those
buds and reduce next years bloom. It is your decision as to which is
more important, making them look well kept or two weeks or so of
bloom next spring. You will probably get some bloom even if you
prune them. If they bloomed mainly at the ends of branches, then you
probably won't get any bloom. But if they bloomed uniformly over the
plant, the part you don't remove will still bloom and will probably
have bigger and better blooms.
As far as hurting the plant, that is not a consideration. Azaleas
can be pruned any time. The timing is normally determined by the
desire to have more blooms. If the desire to have a good looking
plant is more important, the go ahead and prune. Just don't expect
many blooms next year. It is always good to remove any dead branches.
Cheers, Steve Henning in Reading, PA USA Zone 6
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