Azaleas heath (in serious trouble) - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by dnaphd
December 14, 2007

I had asked this question previously but was unclear of the reply, and he/she indicated I did not give enough details. About 4 weeks ago several of my 3 foot azaleas began getting yellow leaves that started to fall, (for no apparent reason, and I did not notice any worms or parasites) and now these plants look horrible as if they are dead; and they are right next to my front door. As for other details, I live in Cherry Hill, NJ. I'm not sure what other details you need to help me. I gave them a good soaking of MirAcid as I noticed the yellowling leaves, but it may have been to late. Any help would be most appreciated.

Thank you,

Answer from NGA
December 14, 2007
Based on your description and now knowing that you are gardening in New Jersey, it is quite possible that your azaleas are a deciduous variety and have naturally turned their fall color and dropped their foliage for the winter. If this is the case, all you need to do is make sure they have several inches of organic mulch over the root area. Pine bark or pine fines or similar material should be in a flat layer about two to three inches thick; spread it out beneath the plants and do not allow it to touch the stem/trunk. Do not fertilize them until spring. Good luck with your azaleas!

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