Pruned branched not growing back - Knowledgebase Question

New Port Richey, Fl
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Question by rmmsjt
July 14, 2010
I pruned a very large Azela bush and some of the limbs are not sprouting back. This was 3 years ago.

Answer from NGA
July 14, 2010
If they haven't developed new growth by now, they probably won't. This can happen with any shrub that develops woody stems and branches. When the bark gets too thick, the latent buds along the stems cannot sprout. That's one of the reasons it's important to prune on an annual basis so you will be assured of pruning healthy young growth that is capable of developing new sprouts. You may need to completely remove those branches that are refusing to sprout and then cutting back some of the newer growth from this season. Pruning encourages new growth and it's possible your azaleas will develop brand new stems to replace those older ones that refused to sprout. Hope so!

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