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Old rhody and azalea

Hi all,

I have an old rhododendron and azalea situated side by side, they are old , neglected and threadbare at the base.

I've successfully brought a deciduous azalea back to health and its now in full bloom with lovely scent.

The  evergreen rhody and azalea I want to tackle next are much taller, yet have lots of bare wood from ground level to about half way up the plant.

Basically, I'm concerned that I'll kill them if I prune hard.

Any advice / encouragement welcome !


  • darren636darren636 Posts: 666

    Hi Verdun

    Indeed, any half measures , I feel will result in either bare wood which won't  regrow or a continued fudge of the situation.

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 33,210

    I'd agree totally. If they're old and unsightly, you've nothing to lose anyway. it could well be the making of them.

    For some reason, people are frightened to prune rhodies and azaleas, or think it's an unwise move.  I was taken to task by a few people here when I said you could prune them back no problem. image 

    The one near my front door would be blocking every inch of light in my lounge if I didn't prune it back quite hard every year. 

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

  • plant pauperplant pauper Posts: 6,234

    Should that be done after flowering or later in the year? I have one in full bloom at the minute which is looking a bit gangly.

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 33,210

    My powers are limitless Verd. It's very true....image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

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