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Gardening Tips : How to Plant Azaleas

November 5, 2019

Hi, this is Yolanda Vanveen, and in this segment,
we’re going to talk about how to plant Azaleas. Azalea tress or bushes, have been used for
centuries. And most of the time, you have seen them in the past in temples, in Japan
and China. But they’re used in the Western countries just as much. And they’re a beautiful,
little bush, and they grow a lot like rhododendrons. So they do really well in good mountainous
areas, with good drainage. So when you’re growing them in your garden, or you’re growing
them as a plant in a container, there’s a few rules that you can follow. So there’s
a lot of roots usually that come with them. So whether you buy them in a pot, or even
try to start them from seed, you’ll have lots of roots. And when you plant them, they’re
like trees in the fact, you don’t want to cover the bark with too much soil. So just
plant it as deep as the top of the root line, because if you plant it too deep, you might
suffocate the tree. They don’t want their bark covered in any way. And they’re easy
to plant, the best time to plant them is probably in the fall, winter, or spring. And you can
plant them in the summer as well. But you have to be careful not to let them dry out
too much. And you should trim them back at least once a year, at least one third of the
size of the plant, and try to even them out a little bit. This is the fall, it’s turned
the fall colors, and it’s not looking that great, but by just trimming it, and making
it even, by just taking one third down, it’ll be much more lush next spring, and it’ll bloom
early summer through summer. So Azaleas need a lot of sun. They don’t want to be in too
much shade. And they don’t want to sit in water at all, they drink a lot of water but
yet they don’t want to sit in water. They like lots of rocks, and they like a lot of
good sandy drainage underneath a lot of compost. So if you have clay or really bad soil, just
make raised beds above it. At least two or three feet tall, so that you get some drainage,
because the easiest way to kill an Azalea is to put it in a real boggy area, because
it will kill it right away. Plant them in a sunny spot, and you can enjoy them for years.


  • Reply potatoluver63 April 12, 2011 at 12:55 am

    Good info, thanks. We have some azaleas at the side of our carport that have done well for many years, but they were there before we bought the house 15 yrs. ago. Now we're replacing some old shrubs under our kitchen windowsill that we pulled out several years ago. It's a little too barren-looking, and we're going to be listing our home for sale, and need the added curb appeal. We bought three azalea bushes that should do very nicely there, but I needed some info about planting. Great tips!

  • Reply 2JobsStillPoorUSA April 8, 2014 at 9:32 pm

    Well, that's interesting.  "Lots of full sun?"  Uh.. every resource I have seen say that they are acid loving plants that like shade.  

  • Reply nadim babu October 7, 2014 at 11:16 am

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  • Reply Leroy Day October 24, 2015 at 1:08 am

    Does anyone know if planting Azaleas in late October is too late?

  • Reply Spider Kin April 27, 2016 at 1:48 pm

    Excuse me, but azaleas do NOT like a lot of sun. They do best on the north side of a house in the U.S. because of the fact they don't get much sun there.

  • Reply L Rinlei January 31, 2019 at 7:44 am

    Thank you it helps alot

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