Azaleas

whitecap2March 30, 2012

Anyone here with "hands on" experience in growing azaleas in containers? I have no problems with getting them to do well with commercial azalea mixes, but invariably run into drainage issues after a year or two. I'm trying to get away from the need to frequently repot. Thanks.

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imstillatwork(8-9 Oregon Coast / Ca Border)

I've got a small "12x12" in a pot that is in bloom right now. Of course living on the Oregon, azaleas pretty much grow like weeds here.

    Bookmark   April 1, 2012 at 11:06PM
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imstillatwork(8-9 Oregon Coast / Ca Border)

Sorry, I forgot to address the soil issue. Mine is in Al's 5-1-1 mix and it's awesome stuff once you collect the ingredients.

http://forums2.gardenweb.com/forums/load/contain/msg0214580016564.html?71

Here is a link that might be useful: Al's 5-1-1

    Bookmark   April 1, 2012 at 11:16PM
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capoman(5a)

5-1-1 should work great, but remember with Azalea's acid soil requirement not to put dolomite lime in. If you do require calcium and magnesium, use gypsum and epsom salts.

    Bookmark   April 2, 2012 at 4:35PM
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capoman(5a)

You might want to consider the gritty mix as 5-1-1 will break down, just not as quick as commercial soils. If you really want to have soil last, use the gritty mix, with appropriate adjustments for pH.

    Bookmark   April 2, 2012 at 4:37PM
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