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This week's email tip concerns one of our
local favorites - THE AZALEA. In a way, this
email tip has already been written, and exists
elsewhere. I finally put together a care sheet
for "total care" of our beloved azaleas, and it
already exists in the form of a tip sheet on the
Gardenline web page.
But the beauty of the Azalea Care Sheet,
which you will see in it's entirety, is that
the basics also work for many of our other
shade-loving acid-soil-dependent flowering
landscape shrubs. Namely, the Camellia,
the Gardenia and the Hydrangea. What
you get as a benefit of the email tip that
won't be permanently planted in the Azalea
Care Sheet, is a heads-up for the historical
This year's Azalea Trail sponsored and put on
by the River Oaks Garden Club will be the
consecutive weekends of…
March 2 and 3
March 9 and 10
You can click here on their website
to get more information about the upcoming events.
River Oaks Garden Club
But from here on is what is now a permanent
tip sheet on Azalea Care at our webpage. If
you've never visited the site in the past, or
if it's been a while click here to see what
we've added lately besides the Azaleas Care Sheet.
In the meantime, here's your Azalea Care Sheet.
Sooner or later almost every Texan tries to grow azaleas. Azaleas are best suited for use in an informal garden that has partial shade. This can be a woodland area that receives filtered sunlight through deciduous trees (oaks and hickories) or through pine trees. In fact, azaleas do exceptionally well when planted in groups or masses in an area with a pine canopy. Azaleas grow well at the edge of heavily wooded areas or in partial shade such as that found on the north side of a house or hedge planting.
The time for azaleas to put on their show is February through March. But there are varieties such as Encore, that can bloom 2-3 other times throughout the year. Make sure that your azaleas get adequate water during their growing season. They need the equivalent of 1 inch of rain every 7 --10 days. However, do not allow your azaleas roots to sit in wet soil. To help conserve moisture put a nice layer of mulch over the soil around your azaleas. Azaleas do best in acidic soil. To help maintain an acid soil add liberal amounts of pine needles, leaf mulch, old sawdust, or compost to the soil. It's also important to have a pH meter when growing acid-loving plants like azaleas in the Houston area. The pH needs to be close to 6.0 on the meter.
Here are the basics for Azalea Care in Houston: Keep in mind this schedule also works for Gardenias, Camellias & Hydrangeas. Just remember the key here is that they all have different blooming seasons. Also remember, that even if you have "repeat-bloomers" such as Encore, you still need to follow the basics of the care schedule following the spring bloom cycle.
Until next week, here's to
Great Gardening from the GardenLine, heard
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