Pruning Azaleas

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Pruning Azaleas

Postby bristow » Sun Jun 08, 2014 3:06 am

Ive moved into a hundred old house, with some of the original garden. There are a number of very old, very spindly and very large azaleas. I dont know how old they are, but it must be decades. They need more than a pruning. Can they be cut off near ground level to restore their shape and beauty?
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Re: Pruning Azaleas

Postby Pam » Sun Jun 08, 2014 5:40 am

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Re: Pruning Azaleas

Postby womble » Sat Jan 31, 2015 8:49 pm

FWIW Azaleas are tough and very shallow rooted.

We moved six well-established ones - one was so old and heavy we couldn't lift it ~ somehow got it into the wheelbarrow.

Before moving in late winter I cut back almost all growth till they were mainly 30cm 'stumps.'

All have survived and look bushy already ~ so yes, you can prune them, and hard!!!
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