Azalea Guide

Why settle for just a week or two of flowers when you can enjoy these large reblooming flowers that appear in April, rebloom in early July, and continue through our first hard frost.  Even our high summer Oklahoma temperatures don’t stop these beauties.  Their evergreen foliage is disease resistant and maintains excellent color year-round. Like clockwork, their amazing flowers put on an incredible display of color beginning in early spring helping to herald the coming growing season. Whether in a formal or a woodland garden setting, azaleas make a great addition to any garden. When these plants are in full bloom, it’s almost impossible to see the foliage underneath. For centuries, azaleas were grown only in Japanese gardens.  But then native species were discovered in North America, and eventually types from both countries found their way to Europe.

SOIL REQUIREMENTS: Azaleas love acid soil, good amendments and fertilizers.  When planting your Azaleas, be sure to mix the native soil of you garden with an azalea (acid) planting amendment or with 40% peat moss and 40% pine bark.  They like good drainage but do not like their roots to stay too wet or dry out.  Plant them so the crown is about 1 inch above the soil line.  Once they are planted, mulch with Marcum’s Grade A  Cedar Mulch or pecan mulch.

PRUNING: Azaleas don’t require much pruning if the proper varieties are selected for the desired mature size.  If occasional pruning is needed to control size of wayward branches, prune from one month after the blooming season has ended.  Contact Marcum’s Nursery for additional details on pruning azaleas.  Whether pruned formally into shapes or left natural to blend in with the local surrounding, azaleas make a wonderful addition to any garden with their extraordinary offering of beautiful spring flowers that rebloom through fall.

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