Azaleas

Posted by Tammy Sons on Oct 14, 2016

Azaleas are beautiful flowers to see, and they will dazzle any garden with lush beauty and color. Azaleas are a form of a shrub. Those wowed by a specific garden when walking or riding by are due to the multi-colored petals azaleas offer. If you are looking for some color and delicate greenery for your garden, then azaleas are great plants to grow because they are simple and can be grown both in and outdoors.

The first thing you need to do is soak the roots in water for 15 minutes for planning. Usually, the roots will be wrapped in a burlap sack. When the air bubbles stop forming, then your plant is ready to be introduced to the ground. For outdoor growing, you will need peat moss, the milled sphagnum variety. Before gardening azaleas, you might want to test the soil to ensure it is fertile ground for growing these plants. If unsure what type of soil and azaleas need to grow, stop by your local nursery to find out the necessary ingredients and methods for successful plant growth. You can also have your soil tested as well. Use the peat moss, pine bark mulch, and the necessary compost to work in the soil, at least 12 inches deep. The goal is to increase acidity, which will help azaleas grow. Be sure to plant in an area that is at least three times wider than the plant itself to allow for plenty of root growth.

The next phase requires a good combination of direct sunlight and shade, so you want to be sure of the best place to begin planting azaleas. For the best results, you may want to consider a good balance of nitrogen to help bloom growth. The most important factor when growing azaleas is the lush coloring and rich flowers it produces. Ensure that the soil also has a good balance of potassium for plant growth and phosphorus to maintain root health. Make sure to use the proper fertilizer once a year. The fall is the best season to do so. That will ensure that your azaleas will grow better during the springtime when the sun is friendlier to plant life. Acidic fertilizer should always be best since azaleas like acidic ground thrive in. Also, be sure to prune these plants regularly to get rid of non-productive leaves and stems to make way for potentially blooming flower petals.