Drought recovery - Knowledgebase Question

Alberta, Al
Question by jtbeardsley
December 16, 2010
We've lost 30 year old azaleas, hollies and camellias from this summer's extremes. When should we prune them back to try to help them recover? What else could we do? James


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Answer from NGA
December 16, 2010

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Water is the best way to help your plants recover so let's hope for lots of rainfall this winter! I'd wait until late winter/early spring to prune back the shrubs. If you prune now and then get freezing weather, the plants will suffer even more. Just wait until you're sure there will be no more frosty weather before you prune and your plants will do their best to recover from the droughty conditions of last summer.

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