Anne Kniffen
Anne Kniffen
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  • Niceville, FL
Asked on Jul 13, 2018

I live in zone 9 and planted 9 evergreen azaleas. Bloom? fertizlize?

Carol SybrowskySuzetteDee

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3 answers
  • Dee
    on Jul 16, 2018

    Azaleas do best in spots sheltered from harsh winds. Partial Shade: Plant azaleas in dappled sunlight, or in a spot with morning sun and afternoon shade.

    In spring, just after the blooms fade, apply mulch and fertilize with a controlled-release, acid-forming fertilizer such as cottonseed meal or commercial azalea/camellia food. Do not mulch in fall; this will hold heat in the soil and delay the onset of dormancy, increasing the chances of winter damage.

  • Suzette
    on Jul 20, 2018


    Good luck!
  • Carol Sybrowsky
    on Jul 20, 2018

    Azaleas need regular water, protection from hot sun, good drainage and an acid soil. I would use lots of peat moss in your planting area and fertilize with Miracle Grow for Acid Loving Plants or any commercial fertilizer specifically made for Azaleas and Rhododendrons. As for blooms, it depends on the variety ~ typically spring, summer or early fall. Don't expect a given plant to bloom all year. You can have about 5 to 6 months of bloom if you select different varieties that have different bloom times.
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