Correct Time to Prune Azaleas - Knowledgebase Question

Sheffield, AL
Question by djsbbrack
November 6, 1999
What is the correct time of the year to prune azaleas in our region, and the correct way to prune them? These azaleas are extremely large and are in bad need of shaping.

Answer from NGA
November 6, 1999


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. If you prune an azalea in fall or winter, you are cutting away the already-formed bloom buds and will not have as much bloom when spring arrives.

Azaleas need very little pruning. Usually cutting back a few gangly canes is all that is needed. Sometimes a light shearing is desired to shape a bush. More drastic pruning is only done when a large plant has become way too overgrown and needs the drastic pruning to bring it back down to an acceptable size and shape.

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