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How to Remove Dead Blooms From Azaleas

By Hollan Johnson ; Updated September 21, 2017

Azaleas are an evergreen shrub with beautiful flowers, much like the rhododendron. Azaleas are hardy between USDA zones 4 and 8, so they can grow in a variety of climates. To keep your azalea bush looking its best year round, it is imperative that you deadhead it. Removing dead blooms from the azalea not only improves the look of the plant, it also allows it to focus its energy on growing new blooms and not on spent flowers.

Wait for your azalea to bloom. Once the flowers are drooping, it is time to remove them.

Take the stem of the azalea flower in your hand. This is the thick part at the base of the flower.

Remove dead azalea blooms where the stem meets the rest of the plant. Cut it off with the scissors or snap it off with your fingers. Repeat this step until all the dead azalea blooms are removed from the plant.

Place the dead flowers in the bucket for easy clean up.


Things You Will Need

  • Bucket
  • Scissors


  • Deadheading azaleas promotes better blooms the following year.


  • Azalea's have sticky fluid inside of their stems. Be sure to wash your hands when you are done.


About the Author


Hollan Johnson is a freelance writer and contributing editor for many online publications. She has been writing professionally since 2008 and her interests are travel, gardening, sewing and Mac computers. Prior to freelance writing, Johnson taught English in Japan. She has a Bachelor of Arts in linguistics from the University of Las Vegas, Nevada.