One of the little known secrets of working with Satsuki Azaleas is balancing their flowers. When working with a advanced older tree, the darker blooms will consume more energy than the light colored blooms. In order to balance the tree so that the tree’s energy is distributed to the all the branches evenly, it is important to cut dark blooms that grow near the apex of the tree.
If you do not cut the darker blooms at the top of the tree, the blooms will take the energy away from the lower branches which may kill the lower branches on the tree which are the hardest to develop. Also by cutting the dark blooms, the lighter blooms near the bottom will have more energy to bloom more vibrant and healthier.