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Un planted Azalea, What should I do?

Posted by hostalover360 4-NW Wis (My Page) on
Fri, Dec 4, 09 at 0:59

I am seeking some suggestions one what to do. I have a unplante "Girard's Hot Shot" Azalea in a pot, it came in a 5 inch pot and I repotted it into a 10 inch pot over the summer.

I thought that becuase we are in zone 4 it would not be a good idea to plant outside, but now I'm thinking I might have made a misstake when I didn't! now I have a potted azalea and I'm unsure what to do. I did leave it outside all fall so new growth did harden off. We have an un heated garage, should I put it here after wrapping some protection around the pot? What do you think my best option is?

I also have the same problem with a potted White Spruce Tree.

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RE: Un planted Azalea, What should I do?

Maybe I shouldn't reply to this, since I'm in z8 and have not gardened in your climate. But I would dig a hole in the garden, stick in the pots, backfill and cover them with a deep mulch (straw, hay, etc) to act as insulation. An unheated garage would be very cold, even with some insulation around the pots.

RE: Un planted Azalea, What should I do?

Oh, I can definitly tell you not even close to my climate LOL, you see, Thats a great idea, but, the ground is frozen and even covered with a half inch of snow, Were having highs in the mid 20s and lows in the teens. It is after all December in Wisconsin.

RE: Un planted Azalea, What should I do?

  • Posted by morz8 Z8 Wa coast (My Page) on
    Sat, Dec 5, 09 at 11:36

Upper Midwest Rhododendron Chapter:
"The potted plants can be placed in a garage, potting shed, or basement provided there is sufficient light to keep them alive. They cannot survive in the dark. Artificial lighting can also be successful, much the same as germinating seeds. In all cases, water as necessary, not excessively.
Generally, storing the plant in a potting shed with sufficient light, unheated, will gain 15-20 degrees, as compared to the outside temperature."

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