It's best to leave enough mulched material to conserve moisture.
For major pruning, the best time is in early spring before the plant is ready to put out new growth, so it has the full growing season to fill out and for the new growth to mature. When pruning azaleas to reduce height, particularly older plants, it is best to do the pruning in stages, to minimize the shock to the shrubpruning.barted Reading Time: 2 mins. May 05, The best time to trim azaleas is after the blossoms have faded, but before the new blossom buds have started.
The next year’s blossoms typically start forming at the beginning of July, so you must prune an azalea bush before then. If you prune azaleas after the beginning of July, you may not get any flowers on the bush next year.
The ideal time to give your azaleas a trim is within a three-week period after they finish blooming in spring. This gives the azaleas plenty of time to make flower buds (which appear as pale, fuzzy buds curled tight on the tips of branches) for next year.
If you wait until the late summer or fall to prune, you risk cutting off the flower buds and all you will get next year is a bush full of green shrubpruning.barted Reading Time: 2 mins. Aug 30, After Spring Bloom When pruning an evergreen azalea immediately after its blooms have faded in spring, use a sharp pair of bypass hand pruners to cut back back stems that have outgrown the rest of the shrub and/or are spoiling the shape of the plant. Make your branch cuts at a point a couple inches or so above the main form of the plant.
May 07, shrubpruning.bar Detailed instructions on how and when to properly prune your azalea bush. Jun 19, The best time to prune your azaleas is within 3 weeks of when they are done blooming. But to be honest, I’ve never made that deadline. There’re just too many other things to do in my garden that time of year. Fortunately there’s still time. Jun 24, Immediately after blooming is the best time to cut back or trim azaleas.
Cutting back right after blooming gives the gardener a chance to get the dead blooms off of the plant and to shape up the shrub. If you wait and prune the azalea later in the year, there’s a.