Man, you know I love my Azaleas. I'm from Tennessee; I've got to have them. But the thing about it is we've got to be very careful on when we prune these spring flowering shrubs, for instance azaleas or climbing roses or things like that.
Of course we want to wait until after they finish blooming in the spring and then prune them. If you prune them earlier, like you were going to prune a climbing rose and you prune it when you pruned you hybrid teas, you'll prune all the blooms off of it. Just like if you prune this azalea too early you will prune all the beautiful blooms off it.
When you do prune a shrub like this or a bush like this you don't want to give it a haircut. You just don't want to get a pair of shears and give it a little haircut. What you want to do is pick out a long branch that's maybe too high and cut it back to the next longest branch or where it branches and just cut that off right there.
So when you're through you really won't see that there's been any pruning done. And all these branches that are sticking up, see here's one sticking up a little bit higher, we want to bring it down, cut it back into the bush rather than just cutting it off like this.
Now of course you'll wait for it to stop blooming but the point is there. Then you can bring the bush down, fertilize it, keep it well growing, and it will bloom pretty for you next year. Same way with the climbing rose.
This is Jerry Parsons, Vegetable Specialist for the Texas Agricultural Extension Service, the Weekend Gardener.
Video not loading?
If the video does not load, you may need to install the Windows Media Player Plugin for Firefox/Chrome browsers. You can also use Internet Explorer.
You may need to install the Flip4Mac Plugin for Safari/Firefox/Chrome browsers.
You can also download this video directly.