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Question of the Day @ Old Farmer’s ~ When is the best time to prune azaleas?

Question: When is the best time to prune azaleas?



Azaleas usually need little pruning, but sometimes it is advisable to cut off a few twigs here and there to force thick growth. This should be done in spring. You also can pinch off the ends of growing twigs in spring. Doing so will force several side buds to grow and will result in a bushier shrub.




4 responses

  1. EX Farmer here, not old yet 😀
    Your time season is opposite to mine, principles are same 😀
    Nice bushy plants, but also can die easy any time….Love some acid soil, best & cheap, mulch with pine needles around.
    USUALLY THEY FLOWER IN WINTER ( Coast line & mild frost areas )..TILL LATE SPRING.
    Best to prune is LIGHTLY after each flowering, and again very lightly in summer.

    Easy to propagate from cuttings, or just split branches growing on the ground and cover the split ( Crack ) with soil …No need plastic bag around like for trees . 😀

    Personally, I keep away from them , they can spread the Petal Blight and Lace Bug disease even on healthy trees.

    June 26, 2013 at 6:13 am

    • thank you 🙂
      i don’t have any azaleas either actually no shrubs yet besides peonies.

      you can propagate lemon balm that way also, and then when rooted separate from mother

      June 26, 2013 at 11:18 am


        June 27, 2013 at 3:08 am

  2. this will be good to have two different hemispheres of seasons 🙂 can’t wait to see your homestead in full bloom 🙂

    have to get pics of cam of bday party and then can take walk around here and update. my last two cukes i planted are not looking too good, hopefully they snap back. i ran out of compost due to poop lol

    June 27, 2013 at 3:11 am

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