The Q&A Archives: planting azaleas in New Mexico

Question: I have not had any luck with trying to grow azaleas. As soon as I plant them they last a week and die.

Answer: Azaleas won't be too happy in the soils of New Mexico. They need acidic soils and shade from the hot summer sunshine. You might try growing one of the southern hybrids, but even then I'm afraid an azalea will suffer in the hot, dry air. Wish I could be more encouraging, but azaleas just are not well suited to your growing region.

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