Pruning Azaleas: How to Prune Azalea Bushes

Pruning azaleas involves cutting away branches so that the plant doesn’t look cluttered. Pruning azaleas helps to improve the quality of azalea flowers produced.

Azaleas are also known as the ‘royalty of the garden’. Some azaleas are grown from seed while others can only be grown from cuttings.


White Azalea Flower-Image via Wikipedia

How to Prune Azalea Bushes: Timing is Key

Pruning azaleas just after they bloom lets you enjoy that year’s flowers. Azaleas bloom in spring and wilt after a few weeks. Azaleas flowers bloom in many different colors, including reddish orange, pink, purple and red. Azalea flowers may have stripes and flecks. Some azalea flowers have narrow petals while others have wide, round petals.


Flecked Azalea Flowers-Image via Wikipedia

How to Prune Azalea Bushes: Give it The Shape You Want

When pruning azaleas, dead flowers and dead leaves should be removed. Leaf pruning helps the plant to have a suitable shape. For example very slim trees may be pruned to help them develop a more full shape. Pruning azaleas requires care, especially with older branches, since these branches will break easily.


50-Year Old Azaleas-Image via Wikipedia

Pruning azaleas is done to shape the plant. To learn more about pruning and other gardening techniques, I recommend this eco-friendly gardening tutorial.

Azalea branches are cut away to train the azalea plants to have the shape that you want. Be careful to keep track of the number of branches you are cutting away. You don’t want to cut away too many branches while pruning azaleas, since that will make the plant weak.

How to Prune Azalea Bushes: Remove Suckers

When pruning azaleas, suckers should be removed. These grow in the elbows of the tree and from the base of the trunk. They spoil the shape of the azalea plant. 

Sometimes azalea branches grow in such a way that they obstruct a path or become bigger than the space that was planned for them. Pruning the azalea plants in this case helps them stay in their allotted space.

Azaleas have more branches towards the base of the trunk than the top. The branches nearer to the bottom are stronger than those at the top. Dead, diseased or weak branches should be cut away.

Azalea Flower-Image via Wikipedia

Pruning azaleas helps to maintain the health of the plant.

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  1. We have one of these plants in our back yard. Thanks for the good tips. It should look much better now!

  2. very beautiful share

  3. What color are the flowers Pattiann?

  4. Thanks Webs.

  5. Beautiful plants need all the tender loving care. I ‘m not sure I have come across this flowers before. They are beautiful.

  6. This is an excellent guide for people who have azaleas. It is important to take care of your plants if you want them to be healthy and beautiful.

  7. Royalty of the garden, that’s good to know, such beautiful flowers.

  8. A good guide to gardener who have azaleas or want to plant some in the future. The flowers are beautiful.

  9. Yes they are Sharif.

  10. Hi CA,
    Healthy plants result from good care.

  11. They are JK.

  12. That’s good to know Linda.

  13. The pink azalea is simply beautiful. Thanks for your pruning tips Sharifa. :-)

  14. Beautiful and stunning pictures. nicely presented and well written piece. really enjoyed this. Thanks my friend :)

  15. Okay..this is one helpful trips for those who are into pruning flowers.

    How about pruning some men or woman? D’ you have some tips my friend :)

  16. Lovely flowers. Azalea.. I think it’s also a beautiful name for a person. LOL nz, who do you have in mind? :)

  17. Some nice tips here Sharifa.

  18. Interesting topic. Thanks for sharing.

  19. I liked the beauty of these flowers!

  20. Most beautiful very attractive

  21. Good tips for all those with these plants, good pictures too.

  22. Beautiful pictures

  23. I like the pink one. :)

  24. very pretty flowers, now, I need to change house, with a garden.

  25. I have terrible luck with azaleas and roses for some reason.
    I think my soil is poor and doesn’t drain well enough for those plants.

  26. You’re welcome Brewed.

  27. You’re welcome Mr. Ghaz.

    @ Nz

  28. That might be it Lew.

    @ Star
    Glad you like them.

  29. Beautiful pictures, looks like a good advice too.

  30. Aw these are one of my favourite plants… but I can’t grown them, either I’m useless or my soil is useless (Or the neighbours cat that peed on them is useless).

  31. A nice share here Sharifa cheers

  32. Honestly friend,it’s my first time to hear about this flower as I only know very few ones,lol! Lovely flowers! Great tips!

  33. Good to know Michal.

  34. @Ann
    It doesn’t like flowers

  35. Cheers Matt

  36. Thanks Mtr :-)

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