Planting & Care
Azaleas are much like Rhododendrons in the fact that they like acidic soil, also which should be well drained so using raised flower beds will help with any drainage issues.
If you’re going to use a raised flowerbed then you might want to consider mixing some saw dust or pine bark in with the compost as this will help keep the soil acidic. Azaleas like to also be located in partial shade, although some varieties will be ok in full sun as long as they get sufficient water through out.
It has been found that irregular deep soakings are better for Azaleas than regular sprinkle with your watering can.
You can apply fresh mulch in late autumn pine bark mulch again is ideal for this as it will eventually break down and form part of the soil. Your mulch only needs to be around 1” deep. Mulching also helps keep moisture in the soil by preventing evaporation
The majority of Azaleas will flower from April to May, it is important to deadhead as soon as the flowering has finished, you’ll need to watch out for new buds close to the flower head which will be next year’s flowers.
If your wanting to keep your Azalea in a good shape then straight after dead heading, is the time to be cutting and trimming back rogue branches. Keeping on top of your yearly pruning will help promote good growth and help your Azalea fill out well over an unmaintained Azalea which may well look straggly and out of shape.
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