Friday, May 22, 2009

Azalea Pruning

Pruning the potted Azalea crop is one of the large projects during late May and early June. Over the next 2 weeks the ~500 plants will be pinched and thinned to improve their shape, structure and prevent premature flowering in the fall. Pruning the larger plants keeps them at a manageable size for yearly display. The Azaleas will regrow during the summer, receive a cool temperature treatment in the Fall and then be forced to flower during the Winter flower show in late January thru mid March.