9931Re: [AZ] azaleas won't bloom
- Apr 20, 2008
I don't hear any obvious problems with what you described. I doubt the septic tank drain field has anything to do with it. If the soil was too wet, the azaleas wouldn't stop blooming --- they would die.
I would suggest however, that you go easy on the fertilizer since it isn't essential. Also, if you must prune ---- ensure that you prune as soon as it is convenient after they bloom. The flower buds for the following year begin to develop in the summer, so if you come along and prune, trim, or shape in the fall ---- you will have removed most of your next year's flowers.
William C. Miller III
Catherine Scott wrote:
this is from the ASK US page, so please send me a CC
After purchasing my current house, I re landscaped to include several
different variety of azaleas. After four years some of the azaleas (and
also hydrangeas) have not bloomed or have very few blooms.
They are fertilized every year after blooming and before June. They receive
filtered sun. I have also tried lightly pruning on some to heavily pruning
on other existing azaleas (50 yrs old).
I am in Barnwell approximately 50 miles from Augusta, Ga. My neighbors
azaleas are very showy every year and the soil here is appropriate for
Some one told me that because I have a septic tank that the drain field
could be the problem. However; some azaleas on the opposite side of the
house also do not bloom.
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