The Q&A Archives: Best time to prune azaleas

Question: When is the best time to prune azaleas, and what would be the best method?

Answer: Azaleas should be pruned in late spring after they are finished blooming. The plants can then regrow and set bloom buds for the following spring. If you prune an azalea in fall or winter, you will be cutting away the already-formed bloom buds and will not have as much bloom when spring arrives. Azaleas need very little pruning. Usually cutting back a few gangly stems is all that is needed. Sometimes a light shearing is desired to shape a bush. More drastic pruning is only done when a large plant has become way too overgrown and needs the drastic pruning to bring it back down to an acceptable size and shape.

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