The Q&A Archives: Azalea

Question: I have an azalea plant that has leaves only on the very top, the middle part of the plant has no leaves at all. It did well the first year or two until last year when I started to notice a change. Should I relocate it, prune it back, or is it too far gone? What do you suggest?

Answer: Your azalea can be pruned back to encourage a fuller center. Wait until it finishes blooming, then cut the stems back by about one-third. This should force new growth in the center of the plant, as well as new stems from the outside of the plant. Azaleas should be lightly pruned after flowering each spring to promote new, vigorous growth. If your plant continues to grow poorly, inspite of proper pruning, you may want to plant it in a different location where it will get more or less sunlight than it's getting now (depending upon how much or little it's getting now). Hope the above helps get your azalea back to its former beauty.

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