Answer: Azaleas like a well-drained soil with an ample supply of organic matter. They do better in partial shade. The plant should be mulched since the roots are very shallow. Avoid planting in sites that are windy and/or exposed to winter sun. Soil pH should be 4.5-5.5. If necessary, use either sulfur or ferrous sulfate to lower the pH (1 1/2 - 4 lbs./100sq ft). Water the azaleas in the fall and do not let them dry excessively in winter. You can plant your new azalea outdoors as soon as the temperatures remain above 45F degrees.
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