The Q&A Archives: How to care for azaleas?

Question: Every time I plant an azalea it may last one season and then dies. What am I doing wrong.

Answer: First make sure you are selecting a variety that is considered reliably winter hardy in your area. Plant in spring, not fall. Plant in a location with morning-only sun or bright dappled light all day and good protection from winter winds. Make sure the soil is suitable: humusy, organic, acidic. It must be evenly moist yet well drained, meaning not sopping wet/saturated and never dried out. Mulch year round with organic mulch, apply it in a flat layer two to three inches deep over the root area. Finally, make sure they are not planted too deep.

Here is more detailed information about growing rhododendrons and azaleas in Ohio you may find helpful. You may need to cut and paste the complete url into your browser to make it work correctly.

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