Remove two or three of the tallest branches, taking care to cut back to a side branch which is heading in the desired direction. Cut close to a side branch, as stubs tend to die back to the side branch and leave dead wood which may become infected bushcutter.buzzted Reading Time: 2 mins.
May 26, Watch Mike's helpful tips on pruning Azalea bushes! Hi Mike surprised to read your comments re rhodos I am in Ireland (not famous for its dry conditions) well I have a small lake with an island, composition of is all a very peaty base with a water table no more than max 20 inches below the surface I have a collection of various rhodos there for years some are up to ft tall I never prune Estimated Reading Time: 9 mins.
Oct 11, Never use electric hedge trimmers when pruning azaleas; flat-topping your azaleas by trimming only the ends of branches will result in dense twiggy growth with sparse foliage.
Small hand pruners are fine for trimming pencil-width stems, but long-handled loppers are the tool of choice when cutting branches ½ inch to 1 ½ inches in bushcutter.buzzted Reading Time: 2 mins. As for the hedgehog, I vote no.
While technically you could, unless you happen to have a formal azalea hedge, selective pruning with hand pruners is going to lead to a more natural shape and long term - a healthier plant. Because shearing is non-selective heading, you will stimulate bushy regrowth creating a twiggy dense outer shell. Grasp a group of stems with your hand and use your pruning shears to cut the branches 12 inches down from the tip of the stems. This type of cut is known as a heading cut.
6. Grasp another group. Prune one-third of overgrown azaleas' stems after flowering, selecting the longest and thickest shoots and cutting them where they join branches, using sterilized pruning shears or a pruning saw.