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Mid-Atlantic Gardening: Pruning azalea

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callum323
Mendham, NJ
(Zone 6b)

May 21, 2006
10:03 PM

Post #2303462

Hi,
Thanks for the identification. Any pruning advice?
We also have a andromeda Japonica bush that looks drab after just blooming. Should I prune the Andromeda as well?

Thanks,
Gaby

hudulu
Alexandria, VA

May 23, 2006
11:49 AM

Post #2308458

Prune your azaleas and andromeda any time between now and July no later or you will not have blooms next year.
MaryMD7
Chesapeake Beach, MD

May 23, 2006
12:29 PM

Post #2308573

My advice? Don't assume you HAVE to prune them. Neither andromeda nor azalea particularly needs pruning -- and both are often pruned BADLY. The look a little drab after blooming because, well, they're done blooming. Once the spent flowers fall off and the new growth begins, they'll look fine (although azaleas just aren't all that attractive other than when they're blooming which is one of the many reasons I think people are nuts when they plant nothing but azaleas in their home landscapes). Especially if you're new to this property and these plants, I strongly suggest that you just leave them alone for a season or two.
levilyla
Baltimore, MD
(Zone 7a)

May 26, 2006
12:01 PM

Post #2318583

I agree with MaryMD!

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