The Q&A Archives: Trimming Azalea

Question: Planted a 1-Gallon azalea a couple of years ago and am wondering when is the best time to trim/shape the plant. The branches are now long and a bit low to the ground but I see so many big 'bushes'.

Answer: Azaleas should be pruned immediately after they have finished flowering because they form flower buds for next seasons' blooms during the summer months. If you prune now, you may prune off flower buds. If that's not important to you, go ahead and prune - if you want to maintain next year's flowers, wait until late spring when the flowers are spent.

Best wishes with your garden!

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