Pruning Azalea

(Question)

Two plants were received as Mother’s Day gifts. One is a potted azalea that has bloomed and is now looking leggy. Can it be pruned?

(Answer)

Thank you for bringing your garden question to Toronto Master Gardeners.  The potted azaleas that have bloomed can be cut back to look fresh but  might not give bloom again this year.  The plant can be kept in a greenhouse or sunny indoor room if you provide it with the ideal soil and nutrients.  Azalea and rhododendron grow best in places with acidic soils in cool, rainy climates such as British Columbia and Great Britain, where the temperatures do not fluctuate as much as they do here in Toronto.