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Do Azaleas need special compost?
Last Updated: 26th June, 2020
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Also to know is, do Azaleas need special soil?
Azaleas do well in moist, acid (pH 5.5 or so), well-drained soil with lots of organic matter, such as peat, compost, chopped leaves, or ground bark. They won't grow in heavy clay, pure sand, or alkaline soil. If your existing soil is too bad to fix, plant azaleas in raised beds or containers.
Also, will azaleas grow in alkaline soil? To grow rhododendrons and azaleas in such alkaline or neutral soils, it is best to improve the soil by adding large quantities of organic matter. Azaleas and rhododendrons growing in a low pH of 3.5 to 4.5 will be healthy, but will often grow at a slower rate than normal.
Also asked, can I use multi purpose compost for azaleas?
Ericaceous compost is lime free for acid-loving (ie lime-hating) plants, such as camellias and rhododendrons, and pot plants, such as gardenias and azaleas. House-plant compost is multipurpose compost in small bags, especially for people who only need a little at a time.
How do you treat azaleas?
How to Grow Azaleas
- Provide well-drained, humus-rich soil that is slightly acidic (pH 4.5–6).
- Mulch well. Shallow-rooted, azaleas tend to dry out quickly if not mulched.
- Fertilizer isn't needed.
- Seldom bothered by insects and diseases, azaleas require little care once established, except for watering during dry times.