If you are looking for a real punch of colour in winter and spring then you can’t go past Azaleas. They vary in size from small, rather delicate perennial shrubs, to the large, hardy indica varieties that seem able to survive all the climatic challenges that are thrown at them. Flowers can be in either single or double form and are available in such a wide range of colours.

How to grow azaleas in a garden

  1. Choose a spot in the garden with semi-shade and that gets protection from the harsh afternoon sun. Enrich the soil with Yates Dynamic Lifter Organic Plant Food. If the soil is clay-based, add gypsum and fork in well.
  2. Dig the planting hole twice as wide and to the same depth as the root-ball. Remove the shrub from the container, gently tease the roots.
  3. Position in hole and backfill, gently firming down. Form a raised ring around the plant, creating a well so that water will go where it’s needed most. Water in well. 
  4. Mulch around the base with organic mulch like bark chips or pea straw, keeping it away from the main stem.
  5. Feed regularly with Yates Thrive Camellia, Gardenia & Blueberry Granular Plant Food.

How to grow azaleas in a pot

  1. Choose a pot at least 600mm wide. Position in semi-shade and fill with quality potting mix, such as Yates Premium Potting Mix.
  2. Remove the shrub from the container, gently tease the roots.
  3. Position in hole and backfill, gently firming down. Water in well.
  4. Feed every 1-2 weeks with Yates Thrive Roses & Flowers Liquid Plant Food. TIP: For an added boost apply Yates Thrive Natural Fish & Seaweed+ Plant Food Concentrate.

Growing tips

  • Prune immediately after flowering finishes. With some varieties blooming continues for months so it’s important to be patient. 
  • Always maintain a layer of organic mulch (e.g. a 10 centimetre thickness of old leaves) over the shallow roots. This insulates the roots and helps protect them from drying out. 
  • In order to achieve success with azaleas in alkaline soil areas, mix some moistened peat moss and milled cow manure into the planting area.  
  • To achieve a slightly acidic soil you may need to apply Yates Soil Acidifer Liquid Sulfur to lower the pH of the soil. 
  • Get your plants ready for the summer months by giving them a feed and a trim after flowering.
  • Azaleas are not recommended for planting in kids' gardens as the plant is poisonous if consumed.

Here are a few simple steps to keeping your azaleas looking fantastic:

  • Azaleas prefer an acidic soil (with a pH of 5.5–6.0) so in areas with alkaline (basic) soil, apply Yates Soil Acidifier Liquid Sulfur to reduce the soil pH.
  • To help promote healthy foliage growth and lots of beautiful flowers, feed azaleas with Yates Thrive Camellia, Gardenia & Blueberry Granular Plant Food. It contains more than 50% natural ingredients, boosted with fast-acting fertilisers. It contains extra potassium to promote lots of flowers as well as nitrogen and phosphorus to encourage healthy leaf and stem growth and a strong root system. Scatter around the root zone of azaleas every 8 weeks and water in well after applying

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