My rhododendron bush is scraggly. Can I trim it back? And when?

Rosalyn Millar
by Rosalyn Millar
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Bush is about 25 years old. branches are few and straggly looking. Fewer blooms bevcause of this.
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  • Mary Swanger Mary Swanger on May 02, 2017
    After the rhododendron blooms is the best time to cut back. Also each year after it blooms, pinch the blooms off at base of bloom and it will sprout out 5 more times at that one place. This will make it fuller and have more blooms

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on May 02, 2017
    spring blooming shrubs should be pruned immediately after flowering.

  • Sharon Sharon on May 03, 2017
    Pinching off the new leaf terminal bud, will stimulate the lateral buds to bloom, creating a bushy plant. I usually do this when I deadhead my bushes. I have some that are 12' high but very bushy. Since its gone so long, you might have to cut it back.

  • Barbara White Nicholas Barbara White Nicholas on May 03, 2017
    There are you tube tutorials on this. Very informative.