Caring For Pink Bubbles Azalea - Knowledgebase Question

Cerritos, CA
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Question by Sandy77
May 16, 2002
I need to know where to plant my Azalea plant, It is light pink and has like a double flower looks like the Pink Bubbles azalea. Has dark green leaf's it was given to me for a gift, the bottom has been braided, it's in a pot and is about 2 1/2 to 3 foot tall and is in full bloom now. Please help me to keep it alive. How to care for it. Thanks for all your help. Sandy

Answer from NGA
May 16, 2002
Your Indica Azalea should be given full sunshine, but protected from reflected heat, so don't place the container next to a fence, wall, or side of a building. It has been trained into a patio tree form and will happily grow in a container for may years, or you can plant it in the ground. Your azalea may be lightly trimmed when flowering stops, and should be fed in mid-summer with a special acidified azalea food. (Be sure to apply according to label directions.) Water when the top of the soil begins to dry out. Plants in containers may need more frequent watering than those planted in the ground. Be sure to check your plant daily and water as often as necessary to keep the soil from drying out too much. If you plant your azalea in the ground, amend the soil with some peatmoss to lower the pH. Build a basin around the trunk of the plant for ease in watering. (Just fill the basin with water so it will slowly trickle down and wet the entire rootmass.) Most landscape shrubs need about 1-inch of water per week. Enjoy your lovely azalea!

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