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Azaleas - When to repot 11 months 1 week ago #36219

I have a small simsii azalea in a large pot and would like ti move it to a smaller one in order to work on it. It is doing well and is currently flowering. When is the best period to move it? What if I do it now?
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Azaleas - When to repot 11 months 1 week ago #36220

Where are you for it to be flowering? they normally flower in May June.
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Azaleas - When to repot 11 months 1 week ago #36221

Southern France.....
Bought last Xmas and pot various in large pot. Have been flowering since late august
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Azaleas - When to repot 11 months 1 week ago #36225

Ok, warm climate do you get frost? I would leave it until early spring, if you do it now you will have to remove all flowers and seed pods. You will be doing that after the flowers are finished anyway. I asume you have it outside, in the sun. The other time to re pot is after flowering in June or early July.
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Azaleas - When to repot 11 months 1 week ago #36226

No, it can get cold even below 0 Celsius, but doesnt last more than a day or two at any given time.
I’ll wait as you suggest until early spring and also see when flowering stops. I remove the flowers as they come. Thanks for your feedback, I’m sure I will be in touch again.
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Azaleas - When to repot 10 months 2 days ago #36680

Every two years, either in spring or after flowering, the azalea should be repotted. Prune the roots with great care because they are very thin and matted and can easily be torn when you try to disentangle them. It is important to use a special soil for azaleas which is lime-free. Pure Kanuma for example is a good azalea soil.

So early spring but DON'T remove the buds.. you won't get flowers than.. rhododendron type make buds that form during a whole growing season
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Azaleas - When to repot 10 months 2 days ago #36681

0c is not cold. The best soil is Kanuma, yes, and the best time is after flowering, so depending on when the flowering is finished late June or July. The alternative is early spring. I prefer after flowering unless there is a problem.
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Azaleas - When to repot 10 months 2 days ago #36683

Michaelb wrote: So early spring but DON'T remove the buds..


... unless when you want "great spring growth" ( bonsaitonight.com/2012/05/18/removing-flower-buds-from-azalea/ ), which is something you will usually want when you are growing a bonsai that is not established yet - which is what we are talking about in this case.

you won't get flowers than


Correct, and that's the idea. I remove the buds from my apple tree so it doesn't grow flowers - except last year, when I did want to see flowers.
Next year, I'll remove the buds again as I need growth, not flowers.
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Azaleas - When to repot 10 months 1 day ago #36690

Exactly. Flowering weakens the tree in general. When the tree is in training, you want all of its energies to be used on growing thicker trunk, more branches etc If you let it flower you will take energies from the tree and will not mature properly
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Azaleas - When to repot 10 months 1 day ago #36695

Did not knew that. Thanks for the information
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