Plants

Azaleas

How to water azaleas

The azalea should be watered differently depending on the season. For example, from March to October the plant should be watered regularly and in such a way as to prevent the soil from becoming excessively wet. During the winter months, however, it is possible and recommended to reduce the frequency of watering proceeding sparingly. While as regards the evergreen azaleas, watering can be carried out throughout the year, leaving the soil always rather humid. The general rule that can be kept in mind when watering the plant is to water whenever the soil has dried completely. If the days are particularly dry, it is very useful to steam the leaves several times and wet the surrounding areas, letting the water evaporate gradually.

Azalea care


Azaleas love a rather temperate climate. Generally, a suitable temperature for the plant ranges from ten to twenty degrees. If in winter it gets to lower temperatures, it is good practice to shelter the azalea, for example in a cold greenhouse or in any case, shelter it from cold winds. It is also advisable to place an insulating sheet around the plant and also cover the aerial part. In summer, on the other hand, when temperatures exceed twenty degrees, the plant should be placed under the shade of conifers or large deciduous trees, always keeping the ambient humidity rather than that of the soil. Therefore, it is important to choose the place in which to place the plant well and to take into account the evolution of the seasons throughout the year. The warmer the local climate,

Fertilization of azalea


The substrate plays a vital role in the proper cultivation of azalea. These plants prefer a rather acid soil, with a pH of around 5 / 5.5. A higher pH inhibits the absorption of nutrients and is the cause of the chlorosis that causes yellowing of the leaves. Furthermore, the soil must be rich in organic substances and free from water stagnation. To obtain a good flowering it is therefore good to proceed with suitable fertilizers. Generally, it is preferable to choose fertilizers for acidophilic plants, both granular and liquid. However, it is also advisable to proceed sparingly in the administration of the fertilizer as azaleas are plants that do not like being too stimulated, coming from fairly poor soils. It is generally fertilized from February to mid-July.

Azaleas: Diseases of the azalea


Azalea is very sensitive to the type of soil in which it is planted. Therefore, most of the problems and diseases of the plant generally come from a soil that is not too adequate. The disease that most easily affects azalea is chlorosis. Most of the time, it is caused by too heavy soil and an abundance of calcium carbonate. The most frequent remedy for chlorosis is irrigation of the azalea with water and iron sulphate. In this way, the pH of the soil is lowered, making it possible to absorb nutrients again. If this were not enough, chelated iron can be added, both in liquid version and through foliar fertilization. IS’

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