Azaleas bloomed and looked great for a short while. How long do the blooms usually last? They appeared healthy with no pests or diseases. But our sprinkler system was turned on late and maybe they did not get enough water. One day, half of the blooms on one bush started to turn brown then it seems two days later all the blooms on all three bushes are dead and brown - but they still have some green leaves! What do I do with them now? They look terrible with all the brown blooms on them. If I dead head them (pluck all the dead blooms out or snap them off???) will they then bloom again this season? Or should I prune them in some other way to get them to bloom again soon? Are the bushes \"done\" for this season?
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
Azaleas have a shallow root system, so watering is important, especially during hot spells.
Pruning should take place after blooming, and generally before July, when the plants began to set buds for next spring.
Here are some links with more care information.