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Azlea rhododendron blooms and pruning question

Postby jrmtl » Jun 17, 2011 8:22 pm

Hello all,

I have a question regarding this plant I planted outside last year and of which have producedsome nice blooms in spring ( unfortunetely it seems to bloom only once a year for a couple of weeks correct ? )

Here's a pic:

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Where do I prune it on the branches after it has bloomed ?

Thx!
John
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Re: Azlea rhododendron blooms and pruning question

Postby Sharon Bryson » Jun 19, 2011 10:26 am

John:
Your pic is a tad small to see any detail, but rhododendrons are self-pruning on each of the terminals which have a flower.
You can deadhead the spent bloom if you desire, but be careful not to damage the emerging buds at the base of the flower.
The only other pruning a rhodie needs is to occasionally nip out the emerging growth shoot which is single on a vegetative shoot in the late spring. This will encourage 2 or more leaf shoots as opposed to the one. Some rhodies are more prone to making these single shoots than others.
The purpose here is to increase the foliage production which results in a better looking plant.

Rhododendrons do usually bloom once(as do most flowering shrubs)....they are "June showoffs" in many parts of the country
Deciduous azaleas also bloom once, many bloom before the foliage emerges. They can be pruned after bloom to reduce legginess and also stimulate more basal growth. Unlike the large leaf rhodies, they will send out shoots almost anywhere along a stem. (Click for larger image)
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Re: Azlea rhododendron blooms and pruning question

Postby jrmtl » Jun 19, 2011 10:54 am

Thx for the reply and the advice !

Here is a better pic ( close up )

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I guess I can completely take off the top to the stem ?
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Re: Azlea rhododendron blooms and pruning question

Postby Sharon Bryson » Jun 19, 2011 12:20 pm

Are we to assume you have a deciduous azalea that has finished blooming? Funny there are not some new leafy shoots appearing at the base of the faded flower head!
Do you recall the variety name?
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Re: Azlea rhododendron blooms and pruning question

Postby jrmtl » Jun 19, 2011 6:59 pm

Not sure which specie it is but I know it is indeed called rhododendron.
I do see new shoots around the base of the stem near top .

I guess as you say it blooms once a year as last year it only bloomed once.
Is this about correct as to the variety ?
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Re: Azlea rhododendron blooms and pruning question

Postby jrmtl » Jun 17, 2012 8:46 pm

Hi again ...

I didn't get many flowers this year with my rhododendron azlea ( maybe one third of plant bloomed ). Here is a pic of it now. Should i just leave it again without pruning any branches ?

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I really don't want to damage next years blooms.

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