The Q&A Archives: Azalias

Question: My azalias haven't bloomed. I have 13. Last year I had one bloom. They face the North and I am thinking about moving them to the East where they will get more shade. PLEASE HELP.

Answer: Azaleas need a certain amount of sunlight to bloom, so an overly shady location (or an overly hot and sunny location) might be the cause of the problem; poor soil, exposure to wind or poor choice of varieties can also cause poor blooming. An eastern exposure with morning sun should be satisfactory provided it is also sheltered from wind. A dappled light situation can also work well. Azaleas are also fairly exacting about their soil requirements. They require an evenly moist, humusy, acidic soil that is also well drained, meaning not soggy. You may want to consult with your county extension (423-4120)about preparing the new planting area to suit them. Finally, some varieties of azalea are hardier than others, so make sure that the varieties you are growing are bud hardy in your area.

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