The Q&A Archives: Azaleas for Texas

Question: What are the best type of azalea to grow in this part of Texas?

Answer: Debbie,

There are a number of good varieties of azaleas to grow. As a general rule the smaller leaf types do better in more sun exposure locations than do the larger leaf types which insist on considerable shade. They want to be in a partial shade or bright shade location.

The key to azalea culture is a rich, well-drained soil mix with plenty of organic matter (compost or peat moss). Azaleas insist on acidic soil conditions which may be a problem in most of the western 2/3 of the state of Texas. If you have rainwater to use in watering them that is even better as tap water supplies are often high in calcium and pH levels.

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