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Posted by whitecap2 8b (My Page) on
Fri, Mar 30, 12 at 6:42

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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RE: Azaleas

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.

RE: Azaleas - soil

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.

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

RE: Azaleas

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.

RE: Azaleas

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.

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