Azalea Care Tips
Get To Know Azaleas
Welcome spring with blooms that provide stunning color as accents or mass plantings. These evergreen shrubs prefer filtered shade to morning sun. Choose from over a dozen varieties.
A prolific spring bloomer with lush, bright green foliage and over 12 varieties to choose from.
Blooms spring, summer and fall. Growth habit and size vary with variety. More sun tolerant and cold hardy.
Spectacular, double blooms in spring and summer; reblooming in fall. Choose from lavender, hot pink, white, double pink, and red.
More About Azaleas
- Evergreen shrub with a mounding, rounded habit.
- Mature height can range from 2'-8', depending on variety.
- Flowers typically bloom in the spring, although timing can vary by variety. Encore® Azalea and Bloom-A-Thon® varieties are known for their multi-season, prolific blooms.
- Available in many different colors including white, pink, salmon, purple, and red.
- Plant in containers, borders, shady beds or woodland gardens, or as privacy hedge or foundation planting.
- Deer resistant.
Encore® Azaleas Planted with Moneywort
Photo credit: Encore Azalea
Caring For Your Azalea
- Light: Prefers filtered shade to morning sun in our area.
- Soil: Requires well-drained, slightly acidic soil (pH of 5 or 6) with additional organic matter such as peat, compost and leaves.
- Water: Needs regular or moderate watering. Typically weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
- When to Plant: Plant azaleas in late winter, early spring, or in fall. Give each plant good soil for new roots by digging a wide hole—only as deep as the rootball—and partially filling the hole with E.B. Stone Organics Azalea, Camellia & Acid Planting Mix before planting.
- Feeding: Fertilizing with an organic fertilizer is best. Organic fertilizers provide slow release of nutrients. E.B. Stone Organics Azalea, Camellia & Gardenia Food takes the guesswork out of feeding. It is specially blended for overall growth, green foliage and bloom production of acid-loving plants. And, you guessed it...you can use it on camellias and gardenias as well.
- Pruning: Pruning isn't necessary, but can be used to control height. Pruning or pinching back young azalea plants helps to promote bushy growth and is best after bloom season.
Bloom-A-Thon® Pink Double
Photo credit: Proven Winners