Pruning rhododendron

In order to maintain a rhododendron’s beautiful purple flowers, occasional pruning is required.


A gardener’s advice
  • Rhododendrons seldom need pruning except to control their size and shape. 
  • Any required pruning should be done as soon as they have finished blooming. The plant grows vigorously at that time, and it is wise to keep this energy from going into unwanted growth. 
  • Simply cut the branches to the shape and size you want, making clean cuts with sharp tools.
  • If a plant outgrows its site, it can be relocated. Because of their relatively shallow and fibrous root systems, rhododendrons are among the easiest of all plants to move.