The Q&A Archives: Pruning

Question: Should one prune swamp azaleas? Can that still be done nnow (mid-May)? Thanks.

Answer: Pruning is not really necessary as these develop their own naturally attractive shape. However you can remove dead, broken, damaged or rubbing branches if needed as soon as they occur. The best time to do any other cosmetic pruning would be right after bloom; if you need to trim to control size, remove no more than 10 to at most 20 percent of the branches in one year. The best way to prune is to selectively remove individual branches by reaching deep into the plant. I hope this answers your question.

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