By Mike On May 7, 2010
Posted in: Trimming & Pruning Tips
Hey there… nice video… But
Can I take my trimmings and root them or should i wait till more new growth appears later in the summer
You’re better off to wait until the new growth is long enough to use for cuttings and has hardened off a bit. The rule of thumb is take the cuttings about 6 to 8 weeks after the plants start growing in the spring.
if you have a snippet bit of old wood at end of cutting they should root easily using mostly sharp sand with minor part peat moss, kep covered with plastic or with plastic jugs allowing for ventilation and shade
4 weeks time usually
where can I find desidurious azeala? I’m loking for the orange or tangerine azeala.
It’s always better to try and find plants in your local area. Just call around and ask for Exbury Azaleas or Exbury Mollis Azaleas.
3 years ago, I ordered 3 of the deciduous (Orange) Azaleas that look a lot like the one in this video. I found them throuh a catalog that I found on the Internet. They seem to do better in sunny locations. They’re still in pots but I’m thinking about planting them in the ground in full sun in the front of the picket fence in my front yard. Would that be a good idea? BTW, I live in Summerville, SC, (AKA Flowertown). We had a beautiful Spring here. This town is very well known for it’s beautiful Azaleas, Dogwoods, Wisteria, bulb gardens, Carolina Jasmine, Cherry Trees and Japanese Magnolias.
Yes, by all means plant them in the ground, good rich soil and lots of sun.
Mike – I really enjoy your weekly e-mails, and now your video. I always find your advice helpful and applicable to my own gardening chores. Thank you for sharing and please continue.
Hi Mike – great video – can you do one for roses? I have knockout roses and am not sure about cutting them back during blooming season.
I did cut them down in March and they are nice and full now but they start to get out of shape. What do I do?
When your roses are blooming remove the spent rose blossoms by counting down five leaves from the bud then cut above the next leaf on the stem. This will help keep the roses in shape during the blooming season. If they are still too big just trim as needed, you won’t hurt them.
Mike: Great instructive video. Hope to see more of them. Any advice for lavender?
If you build yourself this amazing tool Home
Made Plant Propagation System you’ll be able to propagate all kinds of plants. Lavendar? Prune away! That’s pretty much how I handle any plant that looks like it needs pruning.
Can Azaleas be cloned?
Absolutely azaleas can be cloned. The easiest way for a home gardener is to use the Home
Made Plant Propagation System and do soft wood cuttings at the end of June. This page explains the basics of plant propagation. http://www.freeplants.com/plant-propagation-the-basics.htm
Thanks so much for this video, am saving to file for future — and getting outside now to prune my rhododendrons which have grown leggy and spare… I purchased some Azalea food the other day (“for acid loving plants”) and am, for the first time in 5 yrs, feeding them! I’m so proud of myself, har! I sure hope they show some improvement, they’re looking very sad. Thanks again! love your site.
Thanks Mike. I’m in N Central TX and bought a couple of the evergreen. I haven’t planted yet, so, I appreciate this “crash” course. I’m landscaping and will be able to plant this wkend. Have a GREAT week!
Great video, Mike. I would love to see similar information about Daphne Odora. Mine is about 3 feet tall and seems to be leafless this year. I would love to prune it back and get it to fill out.
I really enjoyed this short video on how to prune Azalea bushes.
Thanks for all the hard work that you do for us.
MIKE, I THINK YOU SHOULD STICK WITH GROWING PLANTS, NOT DOING VIDEO’S!! YOU COME ACROSS LIKE A OLD SOUTHERN VIRGINIA FARMER FROM WAY BACK IN THE WOODS!!
Well . . . . you might be right but we do get a lot of compliments on the videos. People appreciate the information but without a doubt the acting leaves a lot to be desired. Not to mention my getto productions. I do it because people appreciate the info.
So, Nick, tell me. . . what is wrong with being “AN OLD SOUTHERN VIRGINIA FARMER FROM WAY BACK IN THE WOODS!!”
Down here in Northeast Tennessee/Southwest Virginia we don’t insult the gracious people who share their knowledge with us. We admire and respect them. I’m sure Mike has spent endless hours and money to produce these videos, and guess what, he gives all this to us for FREE! Mike, Thank you my friend and keep up the great work.
Mountain Man, I truly appreciate your support. As much as I didn’t want to, I had to edit your post but I did enjoy you sticking up for me.
Nick, obviously you were never taught about manners where you came from. What have you done for FREE for anyone? I have been taking Mike’s advice for years, my yard looks fabulous, all thanks to Mike. If you can’t say something nice, nobody is interested in you judgemental and negative thoughts, keep them for yourself and you fortunate family who is living with you.
Well, aren’t you just too cool. When was the last time you did something for someone beside yourself. I think Mike comes across as an honest hard working man that is sharing what he has learned and I for one appreciate him. If you don’t have something nice to say “SHUT-UP”
I am very interested in your programs and am interested in rooting plants that you take about that is in your program. I live in FL where are the buyers and sellers that you provide these products to?
Are these products easily sold after that rooting and how long from
start to finish?
Growing plants in Florida is a lot less challenging than growing them in Ohio. One of our most successful Backyard Grower was a couple from Florida. They did it for a number of years then finally retired. A lot of people were disappointed when they quit growing because they grew and sold such nice plants. You can root a cutting in six weeks or less and at that point you can sell them or you can grow them larger and sell them for more. I don’t provide customers, I teach you how to do this business with long term success in mind.
Growing Small Plants and Watching People Go Crazy Over Them while Pushing Money at You is the Most Fun You Can have with Your Bibs On
I really wanted to watch your video on Azalea trimming, etc.; however, I am dial-up and cannot get the video to come in. It simply takes too long between sentences. Is there any other way I can get that information?
Mabel, There’s info here, or some people actually go to the library to watch online video. Take headphones with you an just visit http://MikesBackyardNursery.com
Keep up the good work, I like your writing.
I enjoy your tips of the trade..you are informative and remind me of my dad !!! I do have a Magnolia Tree I bought last year and it looks dead but I scratched the bark and it’s green , but I have had no buds or leaves since when I got it…HELP!!
If you scratch the bark and the tissue beneath the bark is still green and firm then the tree is alive. Why it has no leaves is a mystery, but my first guess is since you’ve only had it a year maybe it’s planted too deep, or planted in a wet area. When planting a tree or shrub it’s important to not plant it any deeper than it was growing in the nursery. In most cases the root ball should be one inch above grade, then mound soil over top of it. If you have really poor soil that does not drain well, then you should plant it extra high, leaving as much as 50% of the tree above grade. But make sure you cover the exposed area with soil. That’s why I am such an advocate for raised beds.
Thanks for the tip about pruning the azaleas.
Can I start a new plant from the cuts?.
I’d prune them right now, as soon as they flowers are spent. Then wait for the new growth in early summer and stick those cuttings in the http://www.freeplants.com/homemade-plant-propagation.htm. The new, soft growth will root a lot easier and quicker.
I live in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and I thoroughly enjoy your videos and the great information you have. After all my learning style is seeing and hands on (doing). I recently purchased a Golden Chain tree and planted it here. What would you suggest the best care for this tree?
Good soil that’s all. If you have the tree planted in good soil, not too deep, it should be fine. Fertilizer is dangerous. Too much and you can ruin your plant. Keep it watered, but not soggy all the time. Allow the soil to dry between waterings.
I’ve been a longtime subscriber to your news letter and I’m finally glad to see your videos. What are your tips for rooting pachysandra? I have a lot of it and the plants are several leaf groups high. It’s a beautiful low-maintenance ground cover, and most importantly (in North Jersey) deer resistant. Do I need to use Root-tone or some kind of rooting food/starter?
Just use rootone and put the cuttings in the Home
Made Plant Propagation System. Do them starting in June and do them all summer. Great ground cover!
My question is, this year I have a lot of unwanted grass and weeds growing all around the plants I want to keep. Any suggestions on a chemical I can use that will kill what I don’t want and keep what I do? Of course, if I had money, I could hire a gardener to do it for me! Also my bleeding heart didn’t come up this year and is looking kinda broken and puny. Thanks!
The short answser is no. About the only chemical that will take care of the weeds and grass that you have is roundup, and it will kill your plants as well if you get it on the plants. Once a bed gets out of hand like that, it takes work and a consistent effort to keep it cleaned up.
Pull or dig up the weeds, lay down cardboard boxes or wet newspaper (10 pages thick) around each plant. Then cover with 2 – 3 inches of mulch. Grass cutting will do if nothing else is available. This keeps weeds from sprouting, cools the ground around each plant and compost down to feed your soil.
I have some old rhododendrons (5years or more) that have not been pruned properly over the years. They are tall and spinally. I would really like them to be 18 to 24 inches shorter than they are. The limbs or stems are at least as big as your index finger at that point and there are no flowers there. If I can cut them back that dramatically where do I make the cut–above or below a junction?? I know I need to do this as soon as they quit blooming this summer. Then If they get new growth on them the following year in order to keep them at the same basic height do I cut them in the same places again or just clip the heads off. I want to maintain a specific height.
Make your cut right above where an new branch starts. I say cut away. Then in the future, each year after they bloom you can just keep them trimmed down with hedge shears. They will eventually fill in tightly and bloom like crazy.
This is such a great resource that you are providing and you give it away for free. I enjoy seeing websites that understand the value of providing a prime resource for free. I truly loved reading your post. Thanks!
You’re welcome and thank you for your kind comments. Keeping all of this going takes a lot of time, but when you know people appreciate it you don’t mind doing it. We have so much planned, so many videos to shoot. Stay tuned, for the first time ever I have help with getting all of this done.
Mike, Now that I have watched your video and read all the comments about pruning azaleas, could you please inform me as to when would be the best time to transplant or move the azalea? I have had one for about 2 1/2 years now. I recently built a garage and thought my azalea would be fine where it is but I really need to move it before it gets destroyed. By the way, I very much enjoy read your website. It is filled with tons of very useful information. I am in the process of building my homemade plant propagation system. I am also going to try to build the potting table i found from your website. GREAT INFORMATION!!!!!!!! I love it. i also wanted to tell you that I absolutely LOVE your landscaping. It is very beautiful! Keep up the great work and please continue to keep us (your fans) informed about gardening. THANK YOU!
Thank for for the kind comments! It’s really best to transplant trees and shrubs when they are dormant. Here in zone 5 that happens around Thanksgiving and the plants remain dormant until about mid April. Moving things during the growing season can be traumatic to the plant.
Hi Mike, great info as usual. What about pruning and cuttings for gardenias? I remember trimming some hedge size plants at a home I used to live at and watching them not flower like they used to? I am sure it was the wrong time but I trimmed after they blumed. But since they blume twice should you wait for late summer blume. I know these plants can be tricky but at least I am in north carolina where it is warmer. Thanks for your time
Jack, I’m not a gardenia expert, but if they bloom on the current years growth, then you should trim them in late fall or early spring. Just look at the plant and see if the flower buds are on older, hard wood, or new soft wood that just grew this spring.
AT WHAT STAGE OF THE GAME DO I MAKE CUTTING TO ROOT CREPE MYRTLE. BEFORE OR AFTER BLOOMING IS FINISHED? DO YOU DO SAME WITH AZALEAS?
IS USING POTTING SOIL AND VERMICULITE 1/2 AND 1/2 OK TO USE. KEEP MOIST AND IN SUN OR SHADE?
Doug, I’d use more vermiculite and less potting soil. You want the medium to drain well. Don’t worry about the blooming, just take softwood cuttings now. The same with the azaleas.
New gardener: I need any info on Bottle Brush and Saucer Magnolia Plants. I enjoy the good easy info you send out. Thanks!
I hope I can ask this here………I planted a Chandelier Pear Tree at the cemetery where my son is laid to rest……..its been there now for 4 years…..it seems every year the leaves have these brown spots on them………someone told me a fungus……..what do you think it might be…..I bought the tree at a local nursery and it seemed to be doing well………now I am puzzeled……
Thank you for any information…….
Please know you are a blessing to us all…….oh, I live in Michigan……..
OFF THE COURSE HERE BUT AFTER MY CLIMATIS BLOOMS MAY I CUT THE DEAD BLOOMS OFF WILL IT HELP IT BLOOM AGAIN IT WAS HEAVY WITH BLOOM AND WHEN IS A GOOD TIME TO PRUNE IT BACK, ALSO WHERE CAN I FIND SOME HONEY SUCKLE TO PLANT AROUND MY YARD IT SMELLS SO GOOD WHEN BLOOMING NEED SOME IN INDIANA LOL
I love all the information you put out there for people like me. I am especially interested in topic due to the fact that I have 2 deciduous azealas that are orange. I have had them for over 13 years and this year is the 1st time they did not bloom. My husband cut them all the way back last fall and we got nothing but leaves this year. Most of the leaves have holes in them (spider mites?). I am lost as to what to do this fall. Any sugestions?
You probably don’t have to do anything. They didn’t bloom because the buds were formed before they were pruned. Just leave them be and they will get back on schedule. You have to prune azaleas right after they bloom, before they start making buds for next year. The holes in the leaves are probably some other chewing insect, I wouldn’t be concerned, you’ll get new leaves in the spring.
I really enjoy your videos and the ideas about replanting hydrangeas when and in regular potting soil and how much water? How about some kind of fertilizer?
I can not get the video to play and I would love to watch it. Please tell me how to get it started.
I really like Mike’s style; weve been growing for years, but every once in a while we learn some great stuff. I grow bonsai, and wonder if Mike has any profound stuff on that; ie. native North American trees. I live in BC Canada.
Mike thank- you for teaching me so much. Can you possibly discuss pruning and care of lavender and also Clematis. Should I be cutting it down every Fall? Same for my beloved honeysuckle that is yellow and pink and attracts beloved Hummingbirds? Cut way back in Fall?Thanks, Sandy
MIKE HI! JIM HERE YOUR VIDEOS ARE QUITE HELPFUL TO THE NOVICE… I HAVE 35yrs EXSPERIENCE IN GARDENING NOTHING WRONG WITH YOUR VIDEOS … HE PROBALEY CAN’T TELL THE DIFFERANCE BETWEEN A LILY AND A ROSE!!!!!!!!!!
Mike, I need more information on pruning boxwoods. We have a lot, and some are growing over the walkways. When can we prune them? Several years ago (1998?) a nursery group cut 4-6 in tips off a lot of them in December, and ever since they’ve had a lot of ugly, bare branches. This past summer (2010) they have finally begun looking decent again, though not as lush as before. We are in western NC in Happy Valley of Caldwell County. Thanks.
Great video, Mike. Seems like you are always full of good information. Loved the video on azaleas. I never heard of the deciduous kind .
Action requires knlodwege, and now I can act!
I need some advice. There is an azalea that I need to give a major trim to. It is seriously overgrown, and out of control. The house has been empty for a few years before we had moved in two years ago. I do not have a green thumb whatsoever, but I do try to keep the plants and shrubs looking good as best I can. The family will be selling the house sometime in the near future and I would like to make everything look it’s best. Thanks!
Mike,all I can say is thank-you for all your wonderful vidieos and helpful advice, it has all worked wonderful for me.
Crepe Myrtle got black disease. Pulled root balls up and tossed them. Now cannot get rid of the roots that were streaming down under. Have planted Camelia plants there but those Crepe Myrtle roots are strangling the Camelia plants. How do I get rid of the crepe myrtle roots to save the beautiful camelias. I live in Mytle Beach SC. Thanks.
Mike,I could never thank you enough./ retirement isnt what its cracked up to be. I am a retired RN who only wanted to read.now, I dont. the LIBRARIAN SAID THAT i WAS HER BEST CUSTOMER. I discovered your program and have never been the same. this is fun. others give me “that” smile, my husband is mt best encourager. we are now knee deep in puttinmg it all together. my learning on the computertime is in the middle of the night, the actual Cutting and planting time is afTER 12 NOON. THANK YOU FOR SUCH A SPECIAL NEW life.
Lois, you just made my day! It delights me to know that my program is changing your life. Good for you and keep up the good work! http://freeplants.com/wanted.htm
Mike, I know you’re talking about Azalea’s in this segment and I gained a lot of information about the ever green Azalea that I never knew, but I wonder if I could ask you a question about a hardy Hibiscus plant I have. It absolutely went crazy with blossoms this year. It’s in very rich soil. In the winter it seems to go down to the ground and starts all over again in the spring. I’m thinking it may need to be cut back at some point in time. When and how do I do this?
Marlene, now, in the fall, is a good time to cut back your Hibiscus. They bloom on current years growth so you don’t want to prune between April and Fall. Any time over the winter or early spring would be good.
Does anyone know about Empress Trees? I’m in zone eight and I’ve heard they are evasive.
God Bless- thanks Mike!! I love this video,Ican expect a better bloom now I understand what my mistakes were.
thank you very much for every thing.
Thanks for this information, Mike. I have 2 bonsai Satsuki azaleas that I had to re-pot when flowering had just started. So now they’ve got flowers here and there and also some new shoots but they’ve become extremely leggy. I don’t want to cut off all the branches after flowering is finished. Can you please provide some suggestions? These are spectacular trees but I’m not familiar enough with them to know what to do and I’m afraid to do anything without some expert advice.
Without seeing them I’d say if they need pruning to keep them nice then by all means prune after they finish blooming. If you don’t, next year they’ll put on more new growth at the ends of the branches that are there no. Regular pruning is what keeps all plants nice.
Thanks Mike. That’s the basis of Bonsai – regular pruning of roots and foliage keeps trees healthy. The azaleas are spectacular but really do need pruning. Growth is all at the ends of the branches, although there are some side shoots further down on some branches. Would the best thing be to leave those and prune off the growth at the ends of the longer branches? I’m sure when I’ve had them long enough to see their growth pattern I’ll be okay but these are the first azaleas I’ve had.
I was wondering if I can take cuttings from my crepe myrtles, and if so when? They were transplanted to my yard two years ago, had been cut down to grow like tall hedges, so they’re only about 5ft tall and have at least 5-6 bottom trunks. They are pretty filled out with leaves, but have barely bloomed since I’ve had them. What do you suggest? I live in coastal NC and they grow well EVERYWHERE here.
I think you can grow them as cuttings, do them in June using this; http://www.freeplants.com/homemade-plant-propagation.htm. If you just let them grow, do not fertilize them and trim and shape them as needed I’m sure they’ll start blooming. Plants know what they are supposed to do. If they are happy they bloom. Usually that means us leaving them alone.
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