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When to Fertilize Azaleas


Spring is here and landscape plants are flowering. The early signs of spring are Quince, Forsythia and Azaleas.

These earliest of blooming plants need somewhat different treatment than the majority of landscape plants. Their bloom cycle is early, so their buds are set in the spring for next year’s blooms. This will occur about 30 days after the blooms have finished.



We often think to feed our landscape plants in the spring, and again in the fall. If early blooming plants receive fertilizer at the beginning of their blooming period, the blooms might suffer from over exposure to the nutrients in the shrub food. This manifests itself in a shortened bloom period, resulting in less color in your landscape.



Wait until after these early spring shrubs have finished their bloom period to feed them. There will be plenty of spring left for them to replenish the food stores that they need.


Encore Azaleas that bloom again in the fall should receive their fall fertilization after they have completed their fall bloom period. These are the same rules as the spring: wait until after they finish blooming to feed them.


Until next time, I’ll see you in the aisles!



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Posted 2017-03-21T19:14:46+0000  by Travis_HD_ATL Travis_HD_ATL