Azaleas - Knowledgebase Question

Clermont, Fl
Question by mkmalys
January 4, 2011
Am I supposed to fertilize my azaleas in January? Re: roses . Can I skip the Bayer application this mo. since I'll be cutting back roses in Mid- feb.? It's so expensive. Is there any othe way? Thanks, Mary


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Answer from NGA
January 4, 2011

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You can feed your azaleas in the spring, after they have finished flowering. Roses are heavy feeders and perform best if you feed regularly throughout the growing season. You can feed by placing compost at the base of the plant and slightly digging it into the soil or you can sprinkle 1/2 cup of 10-20-20 or 10-20-10 per bush, three times per year, beginning in the late winter/early spring when the leaf buds begin to swell on the canes. In your case, the first application should be made after you've pruned and just as you see new growth beginning to develop. Feed every 6 weeks and your roses should thrive.

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