when do you cut back azaleas bushes Aug 30, If you choose the all-at-once approach, cut all the branches back to 6 to 12 inches above ground level in late winter or very early spring, before they would ordinarily flush out with new growth.
When using this method, avoid feeding the azalea after pruning. After pruning, the shrub will typically grow a fair amount of new growth in the first year but will not start to.
To avoid losing next year’s blooms, you can prune small branches when the plant is in bloom (and enjoy them inside the house) or soon after.
For major pruning, the best time is in early spring before the plant is ready to put out new growth, so it has the full growing season to fill out and for the new growth to bushtrimmers.buzzted Reading Time: 2 mins. Jun 19, After that you’ll likely be cutting out next year’s blooms. So if it’s past July 4th be patient and use your pruners on some other unsuspecting shrub. That said, feel free to cut back any dead or unhealthy branches but don’t get carried away, otherwise you’ll be sorry next year.