Answer: You can take cuttings from azaleas in early to late summer with a good success rate. Allow from two to four months for the cuttings to root. You can also layer branches and allow them to take root -- you could start these any time the ground is workable. This can take a year or so but it is much easier to do. To do it, simply bend a branch down to the ground in a "U" shape. Loosen the soil where it touches the ground. Wound the branch a bit on the underside where it touches the soil, and bury that base of the U lightly allowing the growing tip to show above ground. Cover the buried section with several inches of organic mulch such as shredded bark and weight it down with a rock if needed. Water occasionally to keep it moist but not soggy and check periodically for roots. Once a nice set of roots has developed you can separate it from the mother plant. Good luck with your project!
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