Azaleas are one of the most popular flowering shrubs for Southern gardens and if given the proper growing conditions, they'll provide years of trouble-free beauty.
Azaleas are beautiful in the landscape or a container garden.
1. Dig a hole three times the width of the root ball.
2. Using Pike Planting Mix combine one third natural soil and two thirds planting mix.
3. Place a small handful of E.B. Stone Azalea, Camellia & Gardenia Food in the bottom of the hole and incorporate into the soil.
4. Make sure the top of the original root ball is one inch above ground level.
5. Firmly tap soil to remove any air pockets.
6. Water in with Liquinox B1.
Azaleas require a slightly acidic soil so you should fertilize with 'acid-type' fertilizers specifically formulated for Azaleas.
1. Feed monthly with E.B. Stone Azalea, Camellia, and Gardenia Food.
2. Use a spring and fall application of an iron supplement.
Keep soil moist to the touch, but don't over water. Apply two inches of pine straw or another type of mulch around the plant to help retain moisture.
Azaleas require little or no pruning. The exceptions are:
1. To remove spent flowers.
2. To prune back plant at the end of its blooming cycle for desired shape.
Your last pruning should be no later than July 1 as the buds for spring will soon be forming.