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CrazedHoosier
May 17, 2018 2:06 PM CST
I decided on ProvenWinner's Bloom-A-Thon Pink Double Azalea. I have a very slim knowledge on azaleas, though. I know they like acidic soil, so I bought an organic fertilizer that makes the soil more acidic. I haven't bought any azalea-specific fertilizer. Do they like water soluble fertilizer, or prefer slow release? What is a good brand? Also, since Indiana's dirt is almost worthless, what should I amend into it to make the azalea actually survive? All help is appreciated!
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CrazedHoosier
May 17, 2018 2:11 PM CST
Well, as a quick and unfortunate update on this; I'll have to cancel my order on the azalea. I didn't realize when I bought it that it was only hardy to zone 6b (not 6a). I guess it'll be a hydrangea for me. Sighing!
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
May 17, 2018 2:16 PM CST
Oh good! Now I don't have to write back and say, "Ah, ummm... Not hardy in your zone." Sad

For the rest of your question, add some milled peat. The fertilizer brand doesn't make a difference as long as its for Azaleas. Don't fertilize newly planted plants, give them a chance to acclimate to their new home first.
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CrazedHoosier
May 17, 2018 2:40 PM CST
DaisyI said:Oh good! Now I don't have to write back and say, "Ah, ummm... Not hardy in your zone." Sad

For the rest of your question, add some milled peat. The fertilizer brand doesn't make a difference as long as its for Azaleas. Don't fertilize newly planted plants, give them a chance to acclimate to their new home first.


Thanks! I requested to cancel the azalea order, and have now selected (not bought though) a new type of azalea. It's the Bi-Colored Encore Azalea! It says it's hardy to 6a, but I want to hear some opinions on it first.
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
May 17, 2018 5:37 PM CST
I would consider an azalea rated to Zone 6a marginal. If you have an unusually cold winter, your azalea will be toast.

I would look for an azalea that was rated to at least Zone 5, just because I don't like to replace plants every couple years. Here is a list for Zone 5 azalea:

https://www.gardeningknowhow.c...
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CrazedHoosier
May 17, 2018 8:03 PM CST
DaisyI said:I would consider an azalea rated to Zone 6a marginal. If you have an unusually cold winter, your azalea will be toast.

I would look for an azalea that was rated to at least Zone 5, just because I don't like to replace plants every couple years. Here is a list for Zone 5 azalea:

https://www.gardeningknowhow.c...


So basically the only azaleas that are hardy in my zone are the ones that only bloom for a short period of time. I guess I'll just have to move on from the azalea plant completely. Oh well! I probably would've killed it anyway! Hilarious! Crying
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Name: Luis
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luis_pr
May 18, 2018 5:56 AM CST
Why don't you research it at Indiana's Azalea Path Arboretum and Botanical Gardens in Hazleton?
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CrazedHoosier
May 18, 2018 10:47 AM CST
luis_pr said:Why don't you research it at Indiana's Azalea Path Arboretum and Botanical Gardens in Hazleton?


Wow, it's only a few cities from mine, and yet I didn't even know it existed!

I actually did end up finding an azalea I like and that was hardy in my zone. It's called Azalea Weston's Innocence. While not reblooming - it does bloom in the summer - which is what I was looking for! I didn't want the classic spring-blooming azalea because it's a bit too basic to me, and the lilac next to it would be blooming at the same time.
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
May 18, 2018 2:31 PM CST
Hurray! Hurray!
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