How can you divide a planted azalea bush to make another plant?

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We have a rather large azalea and want to divide it. Is that possible?

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  • Kelli L. Milligan Kelli L. Milligan on Feb 04, 2019

    I don't think so.

  • Lynn Sorrell Lynn Sorrell on Feb 04, 2019

    NO--Azaleas, arborvitae, and laurels are examples of tree-like shrubs. These shrubs are what they are – you can't cut the trunk in half, and if you divide off a clump of roots, it won't sprout a new trunk. Tree-like shrubs can often be propagated by seeds, cuttings, or layering; but can't be increased by division.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Feb 04, 2019

    Hi Lee,


    It is not an option for this type of plant and Lynn explained it very well. It is a good thought, but just won't work.

  • Kmdreamer Kmdreamer on Feb 04, 2019

    Dig up half of it and just split it and make shure you take a lot of root and re plant

  • Kc Kc on Feb 04, 2019

    If it is getting too large you can prune it back and root some of those cuttings.

  • Mildred Madison Mildred Madison on Feb 05, 2019

    If I were you, I would bury a limb of it in the winter and by spring that limb should have roots of it's own. I do that to my bushes that I want a new plant off of. I am a master Gardner and have forgotten most of the stuff I learned. At 83 nothing stays in your head too long. Anyway, this has stuck in my head. It will not hurt to try it.

  • Connie Connie on Feb 05, 2019

    Mildred's thought is good. A limb will root if buried but you cannot divide an azalea

  • Breadlady Breadlady on Feb 05, 2019

    It also helps if you can nick the branch a little before you bury it. I also put a rock on top of the area where I buried it to keep it there. Once you see roots, simply cut it away from the mother plant and plant it. It is a slow process but it does eork!

  • Tj Tj on Feb 06, 2019

    i had azaelas plants if u take lowest to the ground lay a brick on it ,it will root. i have had azaelas cut all the way back to a nub &they came back