Pruning George Taber Azaleas

pruning george taber azaleas

Azaleas before pruning

Today I tackled my yearly pruning of the George Tabor azaleas. These are planted too close to the woodwork and in a year grow up over the windows. I wait until they are finished blooming, usually the first of May.

pruning george taber azaleas

Azaleas after pruning

Rather than shearing them into a smooth mass, I reach inside and remove the branches that are too tall, trying to make my cuts at a juncture with another limb. I keep at it until I have cut back the shrubs to a more appropriate size.

rooted branch of George Taber azalea

Azalea branch that rooted in leaf litter

I also will loosen all those branches that have rooted in the leaf litter, and remove them.
When I am through, I have gotten the plant material off the wooden siding, and my azaleas are in good shape until this time next year.

Mike Rushing

Mike and Paula Rushing have been gardening in St. Clair county since 1990, and In Forest Park since 2007. A Jefferson County Master Gardener and course instructor at Master Gardening classes, Mike also volunteers weekly at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens.

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