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Azalea Japonica 10 months 2 weeks ago #31327

Morning from sunny England! I've been growing a few plants over the past few seasons and here is my Azalea Japonica.
What's the beat way to prune it?

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Azalea Japonica 10 months 2 weeks ago #31329

GingerBonsai wrote: Morning from sunny England! I've been growing a few plants over the past few seasons and here is my Azalea Japonica.
What's the beat way to prune it?


I´d say that beat way would be to prune it while listening to bebop and reciting some zen poem by Gary Snyder.
Only a guess though... :)
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Azalea Japonica 10 months 2 weeks ago #31341

Morning!
It seems to be flowering?
I have one like yours, but I don't prune it while the flowers are up...
Am I being too conservative, maybe?
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Azalea Japonica 10 months 2 weeks ago #31342

I'd agree! I'm not pruning it until after it flowers!
Thanks for your interest.
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Azalea Japonica 10 months 2 weeks ago #31343

Again we recalling about a period of trunk thickening by potting it in the ground and pruning any branches that overlap. I had one which had both issues. It was not in the ground and the branches overlapped. Also the flowers were too big.
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Azalea Japonica 10 months 2 weeks ago #31345

Azaleas are usually re potted after flowering. Don't allow the flowers to stay oe for more than about two weeks, remove flowers and the pods underneath. Re pot and once the plant is growing agin it is time to prune. Pruning can be quite hard. The soil to use is Kanuma.
The plant looks ok, a bit straggly, but otherwise ok.
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Azalea Japonica 10 months 2 weeks ago #31347

I take the flowers off as soon as they open up as I am trying to thicken the trunk I think it help deliver vigour to the foliage am I right ?
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Azalea Japonica 10 months 2 weeks ago #31356

Hi enasio, absolutely right. Flowers take a lot of energy, better used to develop the plant. When debveloping azalea, one normally remove the flowerbuds.
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Azalea Japonica 10 months 2 weeks ago #31363

Brilliant advice! Thanks.
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Azalea Japonica 10 months 2 weeks ago #31366

Hi and thanks leatherback I will remove the buds in the morning;)
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