Question from Jack: My Encore azaleas are now blooming. When and how do I trim them, especially the long branches sticking up?

Grumpy's 100% correct answer: Encores bloom in both fall and spring, so if you prune them now, you won't get flowers in spring. What you should do is prune them immediately after they finish blooming next spring. You can cut back the long branches then. Click here for more info on pruning presented by the Encore people. They bloom in spring and fall too.