Satsuki Azalea Pruning help

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Satsuki Azalea Pruning help

Post  jlgr on Wed Jul 13, 2011 12:09 am

Hi,

I have an azalea that has finished blooming but am unsure whether to cut these (see image below circled in red). Is this a seed pod? Are there any good books that would explain in detail with photos the pruning process for azaleas treated as bonsai? Sorry for my ignorance, I appreciate your help thanks.

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Satsuki Azalea

Post  GeneMartin on Wed Jul 13, 2011 12:57 am

Yes, that is the beginning of a seed pod and should be removed. Callahan's Satsuki Azaleas is a good place to start.

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Re: Satsuki Azalea Pruning help

Post  John Quinn on Wed Jul 13, 2011 2:15 pm

Gene is correct. Callahan's book is good, as are Satsuki and Floral Treasures of Japan, both by Alexander Kennedy, but these may be hard to find.

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Re: Satsuki Azalea Pruning help

Post  JimLewis on Wed Jul 13, 2011 2:19 pm

Peter Adams' "The Art of Flowering Bonsai" does a good, concise job of explaining Satsuki and Kurume azaleas -- and many other flowering bonsai.

The other books may be a bit much for someone with one Satsuki.

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Re: Satsuki Azalea Pruning help

Post  jlgr on Wed Jul 13, 2011 6:41 pm

I just want to express my thanks to all of you who took the time to comment. I will look into all of your suggestions.

Many thanks for your help and guidance!

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Re: Satsuki Azalea Pruning help

Post  John Quinn on Wed Jul 13, 2011 8:19 pm

Adams' book is also good, and covers several flowering species...

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