"dead-looking" shrubs - Knowledgebase Question

Eagan, Mi
Question by dsmatuszewsk
May 1, 2010
Last fall I planted a double knock out rose and a mandarin lights azalea. The rose is waking up but several stems seem dead. The azalea has no signs of life. They were both appropriately planted and fertilized. I'm in zone 4, almost 5, so they should have been fine. Any thoughts? Thanks.


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Answer from NGA
May 1, 2010

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You can prune your roses to remove any winter damage or extra long canes. Pruning will encourage lots of healthy new growth. By now your azalea should be showing signs of life. Try scraping the bark from some of the branches. Green tissue just beneath the bark indicates the branch is alive; brown tissue indicates it is dead. Keep scraping (and cutting off the dead plant parts) until you find green tissue. With any luck your azalea is still alive but slow to wake up this spring. Good luck with your shrubs!

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