What are my chances - transplanted azaleas?

jaimeg(z6KY)March 23, 2006

I just moved two azaleas and wonder how easily they handle this type of move. I don't know anything about the plants, since this is our first spring in this house.

Here is what I know...they are about 18" tall and had light-ish green leaves last summer (lighter than hollies they are planted in front of). In the fall the leaves turned burgundy. This spring the leaves are pretty sparce and a dark burgundy color. I moved 2 plants and left 3 in their original spots. I can see what I think are flower buds on all plants. All plants have pretty sparce leaves (aren't they supposed to be evergreen?) The leaves on the transplanted plants look alittle drier than those not transplanted, they look otherwise the same. They were moved about a week ago (then we had a big snow!) They are all planted in absolute full sun. When I moved them, I added peat moss to the soil and fed all with Miracle Grow Azalea food. I'm worried that both sets of plants aren't doing well because of the sparce dark leaves??

Thanks for any input. I'm going to try to figure out how to post some photos.

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morz8(Washington Coast Z8b)

Some photos would be good...

They move easily if you were careful not to plant them any deeper than they were originally growing....the two times of year that can be hardest on them when transplanting are when the ground is frozen, or the period immediately following bloom when the new foliage buds are opening.

But, the burgundy foliage color doesn't necessarily mean anything is wrong, it's normal for some azaleas. That they have lost some foliage could be normal too, or they could be stressed from too much or not enough water, compacted soils.

Careful with the fertilizer, particularly when newly planting or transplanting...these are not heavy feeders and have low nutritional requirements compared to most shrubs. I'm sure you are anxious to put your own imprint on your new garden, but it might be better to wait until you see how things are doing before making too many major changes...it's only very barely Spring :)

    Bookmark   March 23, 2006 at 8:16PM
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rhodyman(SE PA, USDA Z6)

Fertilizing after transplanting is very stressful. Youe Miracid will push new growth on a plant that has just had the roots disturbed. I wouldn't even use Miracid on a healthy plant. It is high in nitrogen which is not what azaleas need. Fertilization is seldom needed and when it is needed a gentle fertilizer is best, one like Hollytone.

    Bookmark   March 25, 2006 at 12:48AM
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jaimeg(z6KY)

Thanks for the info, I definitely won't repeat the Miracle Grow mistake again. I'm hoping they they are tough and make it through my "care!" I'll be happy if they live and thrilled if they actually flower this year.
Thanks again.

    Bookmark   March 29, 2006 at 7:24AM
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Vamptoo(7b/8a SC)

I moved some 20 yr old azaleas a couple of years ago against advice from everyone. I figured I really had nothing to lose because they had to come out to put the deck up. I watered them everyday that summer and they have done just fine. I was very very surprised. LOL

Cindy

    Bookmark   March 30, 2006 at 5:15PM
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