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WV (Zone 6a)
Jan 17, 2017 2:46 PM CST
What type soil do they like? What fertilizer should I use?
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Jan 17, 2017 5:25 PM CST

They like acidic, moisture retentive soil. They have very small root systems with very fine roots. A trick I learned from my Hubby's Uncle who grew a lot of prize winning azaleas: Dig a hole (about 5 gallon size but wider than deep) and replace the soil with a combination of potting soil and milled peat (about half and half). Make sure the milled peat is completely wet before planting as the peat will burn the roots off the plant.

If an azalea wasn't growing well or every few years when he figured the soil in the hole had worn out, he ripped them up (literally) and replaced the soil.

I had an entire hill of beautiful azaleas in California (he shared). They were on the north side of the house under dogwoods or out further under oaks.

Use a fertilizer especially for acid loving plants.
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