Azaleas – Trimming

Q: When is a good time to cut back azaleas? When is a good time to transplant them?

A: The very best time to trim azaleas is after flowering in spring. However, the best time to transplant is in fall, after the next year’s bloom buds have formed. I think it’s best to focus on the long term health of the shrub rather than worrying about losing next spring’s flowers. The best course is to trim your azaleas now, then transplant them, but know that there will be few flowers next spring.

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