Azalea Care — Month by Month

CALENDAR FOR AZALEA CARE

 

January, February, March

Remove dead tree leaves and branches from tops of shrubs

April

Fertilize with Holly-tone (1 cup per shrub) after blooming

Lay down 3 inches of mulch (preferably shredded pine bark) under branches

Water once a week

If needed, prune ONLY immediately after blooming

May, June

Water once a week

If needed, prune ONLY immediately after blooming

July, August

Water twice a week

September, October

Water every other week

Fertilize with Holly-tone (1/2 cup per shrub)

Lay down 3 inches of mulch for winter protection of  roots

November, December

Remove dead tree leaves from tops of shrubs

GENERAL INFORMATION ON AZALEA CARE

 

  1. Buds for the following year’s blooms begin to develop soon after the current year’s blooming.  Therefore, necessary pruning must be done ONLY immediately after the current year’s bloom.
  2. Azaleas need an acid soil (pH 5.0 – 6.0).  Hollytone provides optimal nutrition.
  3. Azaleas have shallow roots.  A 3-inch layer of mulch helps to retain soil moisture and to protect roots from extreme weather conditions.

 

Compiled by FoBP Board Member Marilyn Erickson, Master Gardener

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