Pruning azalea

Mendham, NJ(Zone 6b)

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

Alexandria, VA

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

Chesapeake Beach, MD

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.

Baltimore, MD(Zone 7a)

I agree with MaryMD!

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