The Q&A Archives: Azalea Care

Question: Where would you plant azaleas in the sun or shade? What type of soil is best? Do thay like wet or dry soil? Any information on azaleas that you can provide will be a big help. Thanks. J. Meeks St. Joseph, MO

Answer: Azaleas, many of which are native to the US, grow best in filtered light. They will tolerate full sun but will produce better color and have less stress if they receive partial shade especially in the afternoon. They like a rich, light acidic sandy soil that is't allowed to dry out, but is still rich in organic matter. There are many varieties so you will be able to find one that suited your particular growing conditions by visiting your local nursery.

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