Winterizing Azaleas - Knowledgebase Question

Redford, MI
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Question by fwhartmann
October 28, 1999
What is the proper way to winterize an azalea plant? It has small buds on it and altho the leaves have reddened, they have not fallen off the plant. I need to know how to keep it safe for the spring without interrupting its growth pattern.

Answer from NGA
October 28, 1999
Some varieties of azaleas are deciduous and drop their leaves, some merely color a bit, while others stay quite green for the winter. If it is in a windy spot you might consider erecting a wind break of some kind using a permeable material such as snow fence or burlap but assuming the azalea you are growing is rated hardy for your area (some are hardier than others) there isn't too much you need to do beyond making sure it has several inches of organic mulch such as shredded bark covering its root area (but not touching the stem).

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