Rhododendrons & Azaleas

Posted by Martin Woodhouse on 14 May 2015 | Comments

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May is the time of year when Rhododendrons & Azaleas are in flower; you may well have noticed them as you drive around at this time of year.

Despite being acid-loving plants ( pH 4.5-6.0 is ideal) they are easy to grow. There will grow happily in both full sun and shade, although their natural environment is dappled woodland. They require a free-draining soil which is not waterlogged in the winter. Sandy loam is ideal but they can be grown in clay soils with good drainage. When planting use plenty of organic matter such as leaf mould or ericaceous compost. Rhododendrons & Azaleas are ideal for pots and tubs. Be sure to feed them after flowering and give them plenty of water in the growing season during periods of dry weather.



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