Andromedas - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by bennie35gray
November 10, 2010
I love Japanese andromedas but they always get straggly after a number of years. Can they be pruned safely and when? Will they fill in and grow back quickly or just look like sticks for a long time? Thanks.

Answer from NGA
November 10, 2010
You can prune your andromeda back by one-third to one-half without harming the plant. It's best to prune immediately after flowering has finished. At that time the plant will be ready to grow and will fill in quickly. If you prune now your plants will not put out any new growth until next spring, which will make it look unattractive for many months. Hope this answers your question.

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