Any Hope for My Azaleas?

marie2006May 1, 2006

Hi!

I have some azaleas (2 years old) in front of my house that have some red blooms but their leaves are sparse and 1 shrub looks smaller compared to how I remember it last year.

My DH thinks they're drowning....I'll try to take a pic of them tomorrow and post. What can I do to make them look better? Is it worth saving them? Could they be drowning or not getting enough water? What can I do?

Thanks in advance!

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marie2006

Forgot to add that my azaleas are planted in full sun - gets direct sun in the afternoon.

    Bookmark   May 1, 2006 at 12:59AM
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rhodyman(SE PA, USDA Z6)

Azaleas need moist well-drained soil. If the roots get dry, the leaves will droop or in the hear of a hot day they will droop also. If the roots are in a wet condition with poor drainage, the plant will get a fungal disease that also makes the leaves droop, drop, and eventually kills the plant. Full sun is more of a problem in winter. They respond well to full sun in summer when they are forming next years flower buds.

Here is a link that might be useful: How to grow azaleas

    Bookmark   May 1, 2006 at 8:42AM
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marie2006

THanks, rhodyman! Is fungal disease on an azalea easy to spot other than signs of leaf drop?

    Bookmark   May 2, 2006 at 8:36AM
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rhodyman(SE PA, USDA Z6)

No. It actually attacks the roots in wet soil and kills the roots. That is the reason it looks the same as drought damage.

    Bookmark   May 2, 2006 at 2:51PM
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