Azalea dead?

nydepot(6)May 27, 2014

I transplanted a very old azalea from our cottage to my house last fall. It's only about 3' tall and is shaped much like a Japanese Maple with a single truck and a flattened canopy. It grew this way. It and three other shrubs (this was the smallest) date to pre-1950s.

The leaves fell off as Fall progressed. There are leaf buds but they seem gray and dried. It never leafed out and I assumed it died. But I trimmed one small branch as a test and it was green inside.

I continue to water it. It gets sun but is shaded from the hottest afternoon sun.

I've also applied an azalea/rhodo fertilizer.

Should I wait and see or is it most likely dead? I was hoping even for a shoot to pop out from the root stock but there appears to be no life other than it still being green inside.


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Is there any life at all? If even a little bit, give it some time and maybe it will come back. You could try Neptune's Seawood organic plant food.

    Bookmark   May 27, 2014 at 10:01PM
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I had what I thought were some casualties from this past winter. Mine were evergreen azalea but two of them lost every single leaf and by Spring looked absolutely dead. Could not find any green on one when scratching, and was not sure but thought I found green on the other when scratching.

So I fertilized with Hollytone last week of April I think, and watered deeply for a few weeks. After three to four weeks one of them pushed out some new leaves down low on the main stem. (these were small plants to begin with - no taller than 18in). This one has continued to grow more leaves from down low so I will probably trim off the branches above eventually. The other azalea was dead as a doornail after all so I pulled and replaced with a new azalea recently.

Basically give it a month of good watering after you feed and then if nothing, you know its dead.

    Bookmark   May 31, 2014 at 12:37PM
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