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Any Hope for My Azaleas?

Posted by marie2006 7/VA (My Page) on
Mon, May 1, 06 at 0:44

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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RE: Any Hope for My Azaleas?

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

RE: Any Hope for My Azaleas?

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

RE: Any Hope for My Azaleas?

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

RE: Any Hope for My Azaleas?

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

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