The Q&A Archives: azaelas

Question: my azaela bushes have not been blooming fully for the last two years. They have a few white & pink flowers but never the entire bush. I was told once to add azaela food and some lime during the early fall. I did this last year to no avail, it did not solve my problem. What else can I do.

Answer: Your azaleas may not be getting enough light to bloom properly. Most appreaciate a few hours of morning sun but protection from hot afternoon sunshine. Given the proper exposure to sun and an acidic soil, they should bloom for you. You might try pruning them back a little, as well. Azaleas develop flower buds over the summer months to open the following spring. Watch your plant to see if it does produce flower buds. Perhaps it is but they are suffering from winter damage and not opening? Hope this helps you determine what's up with your azalea and whether or not you should move it to a different garden spot. Good luck with your azalea!

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