To keep azaleas looking healthy, it is essential that you choose an appropriate planting location and practice proper azalea care. These shrubs should be planted in the spring, preferably within cool, lightly shaded sites. Full sun, especially in southernmost climates, can actually burn the leaves while heavy shade can deprive them of necessary oxygen, resulting in poor blooming and weaker growth.
- Light Needs: Full Sun or partial Sun
- Water established plants with about 3/4 to 1 inch of water every 10 to 14 days during dry periods, moistening the soil to a depth of 10 to 12 inches.
Azaleas (Rhodondendron spp.) bring color in fall and winter, and often provide the solution for sites with shade and acidic soil. Azaleas are particular about water, declining in health from too little or too much. Understanding the watering needs of azaleas will help you set up a watering schedule to keep the plant healthy.