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Azaelas ect

Posted By: DSST_Construction

Azaelas ect - 02/08/19 03:22 AM

Looking to plant some in font of the house. Anyone have any advise for me? All advise is helpful.
Posted By: BigPig

Re: Azaelas ect - 02/08/19 05:20 AM

My advice is to pick another plant. Pickiest damn plant to grow. Some people can grow them, most canít. Beautiful if you can grow them. Iíve wasted a lot of money trying to get everything right for them, and they all died.
Posted By: bill oxner

Re: Azaelas ect - 02/08/19 01:45 PM

Originally Posted by BigPig
My advice is to pick another plant. Pickiest damn plant to grow. Some people can grow them, most can’t. Beautiful if you can grow them. I’ve wasted a lot of money trying to get everything right for them, and they all died.



Bingo. Had great ones in New Orleans, but could not grown them in my pecan pasture turned into a subdivision.
Posted By: Cast

Re: Azaelas ect - 02/08/19 02:42 PM

Mom brought her azaleas from my childhood home in Marshall (sandy loam) to SW Houston (back clay) to Point Blank (sandy loam). Now mom couldnít kill a plant if she tried.

Anyhow, theyíve been at my Point Blank place living happily under the pine trees for forty years. They get very little maintenance, annual bed cleaning, hardly ever need water. Theyíll be blooming soon and they are really something when they do.

If you canít grow them itís the soil. And youíre not mom. You can do what I did here in North Texas to get my three pine trees to prosper. Back hoe, huge deep hole, fill with acidic soils, sand and pine bark mulch while adding sulphur as it fills. Three huge pine trees fill that hole now, 20 years later. I was digging in a limestone rich area, thus all the acid.

But I gave up trying to grow a dogwood here. They grow wild in Point Blank. We clean them from the beds as they pop up.
Posted By: DSST_Construction

Re: Azaelas ect - 02/08/19 08:53 PM

Ive read they like a acidy soil , like pine bark shavings is good around the bed.
Posted By: Cast

Re: Azaelas ect - 02/08/19 09:37 PM

Mine get auto mulched with pine needles.
Posted By: kmon1

Re: Azaelas ect - 02/10/19 07:44 AM

Yes Acidic soil, pine tees add acid to the soil and Azaleas do very good under and around pines for that reason
Posted By: Jman

Re: Azaelas ect - 02/10/19 01:46 PM

Avoid direct sun if possible. I would also avoid planting next to house where they would get reflected heat from like brick.

If you donít have acidic soil youíll never get the full benefit of their floral display without a lot of work.
Posted By: DSST_Construction

Re: Azaelas ect - 02/11/19 02:36 PM

What do i mix with my soil to get it acidy
Posted By: Cast

Re: Azaelas ect - 02/11/19 02:59 PM

Originally Posted by DSST_Construction
What do i mix with my soil to get it acidy


Sulfur, pine barkmulch, sheep manure compost.
Posted By: SnakeWrangler

Re: Azaelas ect - 02/11/19 05:01 PM

Originally Posted by Cast
Originally Posted by DSST_Construction
What do i mix with my soil to get it acidy


Sulfur, pine barkmulch, sheep manure compost.

4-6Ē of pine straw helps too
Posted By: Cast

Re: Azaelas ect - 02/11/19 05:26 PM

In Houston, you basically dig a big hole and fill it with sandy loam, unless you are lucky enough to have pine trees. Mom lived a few blocks behind Bering Hardware for many years and her azaleas flourished. She had trees.

Those same plants were moved to my Point Blank place decades ago when we started building.
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