Re: Fwd: overwatered?
- --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Bob Stelloh <bstelloh@M...> wrote:
> [please cc <cmunnster@y...> on any reply]Courtney,
> >Date: Wed, 31 Mar 2004 14:42:27 -0800 (PST)
> >From: Courtney Munn <cmunnster@y...>
> >Subject: overwatered?
> >To: azaleas-owner@a...
> >My new azalea bush (planted 5 days ago) is looking
> >very wilty and droopy. I think it's in mostly full
> >shade. Leaves feel very moist and a bit soggy. I
> >read to water it daily to encourage soil to
> >settle...which I have. Is it over-watered? Also, we
> >have lots of clay in our soil and little acidity. I
> >did mix potting soil with clay when planting it.
> >Should I water it every single time with the Miracle
> >Grow azalea formula (blue box), or just occasionally?
> >Thank you,
I would only water a transplanted azalea when the top 2 or 3 inches
of soil feels dry. (Unless the weather is very hot and dry, in
which case you could probably water a bit more often.) No, I
wouldn't feed with every watering, too much plant food can kill
azaleas. They probably shouldn't be fed more than a couple of times
per summer (after blooming has finished) at the recommended
strength. You could feed more often if you dilute the fertilizer
Rich Dodson (USDA zone 9)