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  • Steve Henning
    Mar 17, 2013
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      There is a fair amount of research on this.  For starters read:

      AZALEAS AND RECLAIMED WATER 

      http://www.fshs.org/Proceedings/Password%20Protected/1989%20Vol.%20102/92-95%20(ROBINSON).pdf
       
      Steve Henning, zone 6, Reading, PA. USA

      --- In azaleas@yahoogroups.com, "John" <cmbi@...> wrote:
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      > This is from the ask us page, so please send me a cc
      >
      > Gentlemen/Ladies
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      > At the Jacksonville Arboretum and Gardens, they are under an EPA and Water
      > Management District requirement to irrigate with treated wastewater. That
      > wastewater has way more than twice the amount of salt content as normal
      > water. I am told that azaleas aren't salt tolerant, and that irrigating them
      > with this water will kill them. My question is: How can we install and enjoy
      > azaleas under these conditions? Are there varieties of azaleas from the
      > hundreds of different kinds, that will tolerate the higher salt content of
      > this water, and its being sprayed on them from above?
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      > We have wild azaleas on the property, but they are not under the irrigation
      > system. Our arboretum is only 4 years old. It encompasses 120 acres, and a
      > broad spectreum of diverse environments, from desert like, to swamp, with
      > running waters, and a large lake. The lake is so deeply set, however, that
      > installing azaleas right around the water is not feasible.
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      > I would appreciate your advising me of any suggestions you might be able to
      > make to alleviate this problem.
      >
      > Thank you very much,
      >
      > John Swanger,volunteer
      >
      > cmbi@...
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