How to grow an
Eastern or northern exposures are
usually best for azaleas, as opposed to the harsher wind and sun
conditions found in western and southern exposures. Winter winds can
easily desiccate evergreen azaleas, so make sure they have adequate
soil moisture going into winter. Some homeowners construct
"screens," using landscape fabric or burlap nailed to wooden stakes,
to protect their azaleas from the harsh effects of winter wind.
While azaleas require regular watering
to become properly established, you shouldn't plant azaleas in
poorly drained, wet areas in heavy clay soils. Enriching most garden
soils with peat moss will help provide better growing conditions for
your azalea. Mounding your planting area with a good topsoil-peat
moss mix will often provide a solution to planting in problem areas.
Thorough weekly watering of azaleas in
Northeastern US landscapes during dry spells will greatly enhance
your chances of success. We have traditionally seen azaleas
establish faster, and grow better, in regularly irrigated
Fertilization - Soils that
aren't acidic enough may create problems with chlorosis -- azalea
leaves will be pale colored with dark green veins. Fertilizing your
chlorotic plants according to label instructions with Miracid may
Pests - The most common insect pest on azaleas in
Pennsylvania is Lace Bug.
Trimming - Trim plants within a few weeks after they
are finished blooming, otherwise you will remove next year's flower
Deer damage - Cover your azaleas with deer netting
over the winter months to prevent browsing by whitetail deer.