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Bare Azaleas

Posted by shpnquen z5, IN (My Page) on
Fri, Apr 13, 07 at 12:42

I planted a Girard's Crimson Azalea last year & it looked great all season until January, then it lost all of it's leaves. I see it has a small number of them at the base of the bush, but other than that, it's bare. We've had some wild up & down weather here this winter & spring. It's planted in mainly sandy soil in mostly sun, with afternoon shade from a well established Redbud tree. I've been keeping it totally covered the past 3 weeks because of the sudden freezing temps as a precaution. Was just wondering if I should do anything & just wait, or is there something I can do to help things along. I have lost 3 other azaleas since I moved in here, but I thought it was because of the deer eating them & they were very small & not planted in the best locations. We moved in late fall 4 years ago, so I didn't have time to protect any plantings then. This bush had some nibbling from the deer early on, but it didn't seem to affect the plant & then I put up a cage around it. That helped with the deer, but then it lost it's leaves much later.

I have no pictures (could get if necessary) & this might be a lot of unnecessary info, but then again, maybe not if someone has some help. I love Azaleas, but they seem to elude me. Thanks!

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RE: Bare Azaleas

I suspect that it is a semi-evergreen azalea and would be expected to drop last year's leaves. If you are impatient you can do the thumbnail test to see if the inner cambium is green. Otherwise wait another month to see if it leafs out and flowers. Are there still flower buds on it. Usually they are more tender than the plant and are the first to go.

RE: Bare Azaleas

I will try that. I think I saw some tiny buds (looked undeveloped so far) on the stems, so you might be right. The plant tag didn't state whether it was any type of evergreen or not. Thanks!

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