The Q&A Archives: How to plant and grow azaleas

Question: How do I plant them in my garden and how often do they need watering. Also how much peat moss do I use when I plant them in the ground. Thank you.

Answer: Start by amending the soil where you are going to plant your azaleas. The easiest way to do this is to spread 4-5" of peat over the planting bed and then dig that in to a depth of 8-10". When it's time to plant, dig a hole as deep and a little wider than the nursery pot. Unpot the azalea, loosen the roots with your fingers, then set the plant in the hole. Your goal is to plant it at the same soil level as it was growing in the pot. Fill in around the sides with the amended soil you dug out of the hole and gently tamp it down. Then water thoroughly to help settle the soil. Your azaleas will appreciate morning sun and afternoon shade, a weekly deep soaking and an application of fertilizer (10-10-10) after they've finished blooming next year.

Best wishes with your new plants!

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