Azaleas - Knowledgebase Question

williamson, ga
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Question by clee346674
April 11, 2007
Last spring I mistakenly fertilized my azaleas just before they bloomed in the spring. The plants did not bloom and this year, a couple of them look like they are dying and the others don't look in very good shape and have not bloomed again. Can I do anything to salvage the plants?

Answer from NGA
April 11, 2007
I'd prune the plants back a bit to encourage healthy new growth. This summer they should develop flower buds for next spring's flower display. Make sure your azaleas are getting the exposure to sunshine that they need - some require afternoon shade and others need afternoon sun. If they're getting the wrong exposure they may refuse to bloom for you. Withhold fertilizer this year - too much nitrogen fertilizer usually results in lots of lush green growth, at the expense of flowers.

Best wishes with your azaleas!

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