Kurume Azalea Flower bud removing

Nebari Bonsai

I’ve posted about this before, but it’s a good time to share it again. Kurume azaleas have 3 flowers per bud, which can look congested if they are all allowed to open.

In the spring, as the flower buds open (when I have time) I like to reduce each set of 3 flowers down to a single flower per bud. Like this:

On a branch, it looks like this:

And on the tree overall, it goes from this:

To this:

It basically means two peak blooming periods, with the second one being much more even. Like this:

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