Discussion in 'Trees, Shrubs and Roses' started by bsewnsew, May 14, 2009.
Heres my baby Azalea today.. Could do better but , those dont seem to hack it here too well.
Love the color .I don't think my 2 azalea'sbloomed this year.I think I need to feed them.
They're very pretty, though. Maybe given some time they will grow and prosper?
Ther flowers are beautiful, B. I wonder why Azaleas don't do it too well there.
I have another one called Flame something it grows really nice.. But Not huge.
Rhodendren wont grow at all for me..
I just picked up another one at the inlaws and will see it it dies too??????
Neighbors all have them grow.
Very pretty colour bsewnsew. Maybe your soil isn't acid enough for your azaleas and rhodedendrons. You could try feeding them with an ericaceaous feed.
I been using vinegar water 2 times a year..?
Barb those are very delicate and pretty. Love the color.
Maybe you need to vinegar water more than two times a year. :-|
Personally I wouldn't use vinegar water, although it may be fine.
I would first of all buy some special azalea or rhododendron soil and fill the hole for the new bush with it. You can also add some agricultural sulfur or iron sulfate and even some pine bark chips and mix this well.
I would then water the bush in very thoroughly with water that has no chlorine in it, then cover that with a 2-3 inch thick layer of pine bark.
If you can buy some loamy topsoil at your garden center you can add that just before the pine bark mulch layer.
***The pine bark chips (or some other 'roughage')mixed in with the soil is to aid in good drainage and the sulfur or iron sulfate makes the soil acid.
I mentioned using water without chlorine in it--rain water or creek water is best...but if you must use tap water let it stand a couple of days before using because there is also calcium in drinking water and that negates to some extent the acid pH of the oil that you are trying to create and maintain.
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