Asked on Feb 4, 2012

Replanting azaleas

Kelly SFlowerscapes Garden Design & LandscapingMelissa G
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I have found what look like miniature (?) azaleas planted in strange places in the garden of our new home. They've all been neglected and one is close to dying. When can I replant them -- do I have to wait until after they flower?
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  • Faidra at CA Global Inc
    on Feb 5, 2012

    Can u post a photo?

  • 3po3
    on Feb 5, 2012

    A photo would help, as would a soil test. The University of Georgia offers soil tests, and they can help you improve your soil either in your current site or in the site where you want to move these guys.

  • They sound like Gumpo Azaleas, bloom in May, but who knows this year. You can dig them up now. Just amend the soil 50/50 with Natures Helper and the good old existing Georgia clay. Azaleas like well draining, organic soil, You couls also use 1/3 Nature's Helper, 1/3 existing soil, 1/3 mushroom compost. It is also a good idea to add a root stimulater like Upstart to help the roots regain establishment. I don't like the generic Nature's Helper at Lowes. Water well. Later on you can add Miracid to help acidify the soil a few times throughout the year.

  • Unless you live in Fort Collins, CO.

  • Douglas Hunt
    on Feb 5, 2012

    And make sure to move them to a place where they will be happier. That means moist but well-drained soil, acidic soil and filtered shade, or morning sun and afternoon shade. I've moved plenty of near-dead plants that bounced back. Good luck!

  • Melissa G
    on Feb 5, 2012

    I'll take a picture today and post it -- thanks. And I think we definitely need a soil test.

  • 3po3
    on Feb 6, 2012

    Yeah, I don't think you can dig up anything right now in Fort Collins, CO. First of all, you'd have to dig through a few inches of snow, then make your way through frozen soil

  • Melissa G
    on Feb 6, 2012

    Here are pictures. You can see it next to the nandinas by our mailbox, but we have a few more of them in random places in the garden. Are these miniature azaleas? (Also, you can see the Georgia red clay in the photo. That's a result of our sewer line having been replaced... there was no regard for the soil when they filled it back in. Amending that is another project for us to tackle.)

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  • Teresa D
    on Feb 6, 2012

    Hey Melissa, what is that vining around your mailbox?

  • Douglas Hunt
    on Feb 6, 2012

    It looks like an azalea leaf to me but more rounded than a Gumpo. Check out the closeup on this link with your plant: http://www.ag.auburn.edu/hort/landscape/dbpages/268.html If it's any kind of azalea, they're definitely in too much sun.

  • Melissa G
    on Feb 6, 2012

    Teresa -- yes, it is a vine. I found it buried in the pinestraw right there so I detangled it and wrapped it around the post. No idea what it is, though. I've found it in other parts of the garden as well. Wondering if I'll see it flower this spring or summer. Douglas -- thanks for the link. Maybe I'll bring a sprig to the nursery and see if they can ID it.

  • Melissa G
    on Feb 7, 2012

    I just went to the nursery and found out they are gardenias! So pleased as that's' one of my favorite fragrances. I was told I can replant them any time.

  • Melissa G
    on Feb 7, 2012

    Oh, and the vine may be jasmine. Another one of my favorites.

  • Douglas Hunt
    on Feb 8, 2012

    I would never have guessed gardenia from the photo, but I'm glad you have an answer and I know you're going to have happier plants in your future.

  • David S
    on Feb 8, 2012

    I AGREE WITH DOUGLAS ..........NEVER WOULD HAVE GUESSED GARDENIAS , WHICH I HAVE AND THE LEAVES DON'T LOOK ANYTHING LIKE THIS PHOTO . I HAVE SEVERAL MRS . G.G. GERBING [WHITE] SOUTHERN INDICA AZALEAS THAT HAVE LEAVES SIMILIAR TO THE PHOTO . IF , BY CHANCE , THEY ARE INDICA AZALEAS .....HAVE PLENTY OF SPACE BETWEN THEM ARE OTHER PLANTS . I PLANTED MINE 4' APART AND THEY HAVE GROWN TOGETHER !

  • Melissa G
    on Feb 9, 2012

    Well, I guess we'll confirm what they are after they flower!

  • David S
    on Feb 9, 2012

    AFTER LOOKING AT THE PHOTO REAL CLOSE , I SEE FLOWER BUDS THAT SURE LOOK LIKE AN AZALEA .

  • Melissa G
    on Feb 10, 2012

    Thanks, David -- I'll let everyone know what they are once they show their flowers.

  • Douglas H, thanks for the link! I went through the site a bit and it is very helpful.

  • Kelly S
    on Apr 7, 2012

    Azaleas are fairly hardy. I replanted mine in the spring before they bloomed, but the fall would also work.

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