Author Topic: Blossom removal - best techique?  (Read 1716 times)

Adair M

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Blossom removal - best techique?
« on: March 08, 2012, 08:08 AM »
For the satsuki experts...

This spring I want to remove most of the blossom buds before my satsuki expends energy blooming.  I'd like to keep a few, but remove most of them.  I've never done this before, I've always let my satsukis bloom, then deadhead the spent blossoms.

Is there a "best practices" technique?  Cut them off with sissors?  Or pull them off with tweezers?

Thanks!
 

donmaple

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Re: Blossom removal - best techique?
« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2012, 11:08 AM »
Adair, I have found that the easiest way to remove buds on just about any Azalea is to grasp the bud with your index finger and thumb(use your other hand to support the branch) and give it a twist, they are usually so tender that they pop right off. And no harm is done to the leaf buds that are surrounding them. I use the same method to remove the ovaries after blooming, although this takes a little effort as they have started to harden off. Try this method first because you run less risk of damaging the leaf buds that originate from the same area. Small hands are a big plus for this method, good luck with your efforts. Will you post a pic for us when you have blooms? I am truly fascinated by all the variety of Satsuki Azalea. I have about ten differant varieties that I am growing and just rescued maybe 6-8 varieties( we will see when they bloom) more from a garden that was being upgraded to prettier azaleas? Wishing you the best, Don.