Azalea blooming/leaves sickly

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Azalea blooming/leaves sickly

Post by MKre » Tue, 02 Jan 1996 04:00:00



Zone 5 (NE Wisconsin)
Have a beautiful azalea blooming well in SE window. Put outside over the
summer then treated for bugs when brought indoors. Leaves, however, are
pale and sickly looking. Is this normal for this time of year and this
plant? Should it be fed? If so, with what type of fertilizer?
Thanks!
Mary

mkreul

 
 
 

Azalea blooming/leaves sickly

Post by Christine A. Owen » Wed, 03 Jan 1996 04:00:00



Quote:

>Zone 5 (NE Wisconsin)
>Have a beautiful azalea blooming well in SE window. Put outside over
the
>summer then treated for bugs when brought indoors. Leaves, however,
are
>pale and sickly looking. Is this normal for this time of year and this
>plant? Should it be fed? If so, with what type of fertilizer?
>Thanks!
>Mary

>mkreul

Azaleas are hardy plants.  They really need a winter dormancy to be
fully healthy.  Put the plant in a protected outside location, and let
it go dormant for the winter.  They also need a lot of ACID organic
soil amendment.  The very best of all is oak leaves.  See if you can
find some, grind them up in your food processor, and work them into the
soil.

Good luck.

Chris Owens

 
 
 

Azalea blooming/leaves sickly

Post by Amy Forsbe » Wed, 03 Jan 1996 04:00:00




: >
: >Zone 5 (NE Wisconsin)
: >Have a beautiful azalea blooming well in SE window. Put outside over
: the
: >summer then treated for bugs when brought indoors. Leaves, however,
: are
: >pale and sickly looking. Is this normal for this time of year and this
: >plant? Should it be fed? If so, with what type of fertilizer?
: >Thanks!
: >Mary
: >
: >mkreul
: Azaleas are hardy plants.  They really need a winter dormancy to be
: fully healthy.  Put the plant in a protected outside location, and let
: it go dormant for the winter.  They also need a lot of ACID organic
: soil amendment.  The very best of all is oak leaves.  See if you can
: find some, grind them up in your food processor, and work them into the
: soil.

: Good luck.

: Chris Owens

Not all azaleas are hardy plants.  The ones you get at the florist are
usually tropical and will not withstand a winter outside in Wisconsin.
The rest of the advice is fine.
                                        Amy