Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Brown azaleas, should I cut them down?

Due to the drought and not watering, I think I've lost my azaleas on the north side of my house. Should I just cut them down and start over. They were quite large and over eight year old bushes. There is one bush that had some green left but it looks half dead. Will they come back?

Anne's response:

Some of our brown azaleas will eventually recover by putting out new growth from the roots. If the area just under the bark of a branch is still green that branch may recover and leaf out. If the branch has died it Is best to prune it out as quickly as possible. If the plants do not leaf out in the spring you could try severe pruning in late April to force new growth from the roots.

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