Grow Azalea from branch?

My lovely white Azalea is extending one of its branches into a path.
I want to cut off the branch and try to grow a new plant from it.
Usually I have pretty good luck on this kind of operation.
Wondering if any problems particular to Azalea.
I went on-line to several Azalea sites, but did not see this question addressed.
This is So. Calif coastal.
TIA
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Higgs Boson wrote:

I have no experience of Azaleas but a woody branch will often take better if layered rather than by cutting a slip. A number of web sites say it works with azaleas. If you cannot bend it down to the earth or a pot try air layering.
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On Sun, 31 Mar 2013 12:33:42 +1100, "David Hare-Scott"

Azaleas respond to layering very well. http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/hil/hil-8701.html
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On 3/30/13 5:13 PM, Higgs Boson wrote:

I once rooted an azalea cutting. The potting medium was a mix of equal parts of peat moss and coarse sand, well moistend. I used a rooting powder.
For a mini-greenhouse, I took an empty liter soda bottle and cut off the top. I then pried off the hard plastic bottom. Turning the bottle upside-down, I put it over the pot.
The cutting did root, but it died when I tried moving it into a larger pot.
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I started some clones from cuttings many years ago. I used some rooting hormone and stuck a few cuttings in soil.
The cuttings took, but the plant I have from that is growing very slowly. I had some deer attacks and frost die back but 8-10 years later the plant is less than 12 inches high and it looks pretty bare right now.
It has bloomed, almost every spring, but I think the plant is still struggling to get going. Could be a result of the way I propagated it, or just normal for young Azaleas, or just a result of where it's planted.
The other thing you can do with Azaleas is pin a branch to the ground. Come back in a year or 2 and it will be rooted. I've had a few branches root like that on their own.
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On Monday, April 1, 2013 9:21:05 AM UTC-7, mlcwa wrote:

Thanks to all for thoughtful advice. From the location of the plant, layering or pinning to ground would be difficult, so I am going to take a chance and just cut off the invading branch and try to root it. Wish me luck!
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