The Q&A Archives: azaleas

Question: I want to severely prune my azaleas that have got very gangly. When is the best time of year to do this? Thanks

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. Drastic pruning will probably keep your azaleas from blooming for a year or two. Once you have your plants pruned down to a decent size, a light pruning each year after they have finished blooming will keep them in shape and still allow them to bloom year after year. Best wishes with your azaleas!

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