CARING FOR AN AZELEA BUSH - Knowledgebase Question

DALLAS, TX
Question by KRISTYAK1
March 30, 2007
MY AZELEA IS DROOPING. A FRIEND SAID THAT THEY NEED TO BE PLANTED IN ACIDIC SOIL. IVE PLANTED IT IN A LARGE POT AND NEED TO KNOW IF THERE IS SOMETHING I CAN ADD TO THE SOIL OR IF THERE IS SOME TYPE OF FOOD FOR IT. I DONT WANT IT TO DIE AND AM SCARED ITS ON ITS WAY. PLEASE HELP!


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Answer from NGA
March 30, 2007

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Kristy,

Drooping is not a sign of soil pH problems but rather soil moisture problems. Dry soil can cause wilting of course but so can soggy wet soil as it prevents roots from getting oxygen and they start to die. Therefore the plant begins to wilt. Damage to the roots in transplanting can also result in temporary wilting until it can recover and regrow roots. Finally, azaleas love bright shade to dappled sun and may wilt in too much sun especially if the plant is new and the roots have yet to establish in the site very well.

Provide the azalea moderately moist soil. Keep it in bright shade not sun to minimize stress. Water with a solution of a soluble fertilizer for acid loving plants such at Miracid at the low constant feed label rate.

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