Azaleas are a popular spring blooming landscape plant, prized for their bright showy color. There are thousands of varieties, but only a few are suited to our area of Florida. Azaleas need a 4- to 8-week cold period below 50 degrees Fahrenheit to produce the best flower display. In our part of Florida flowering may be sporadic fall through spring. Some of the older varieties produce the best flowering displays. The heaviest bloom is from February through March.
Azaleas do best in filtered light, and are ideal to plant under the canopy of live oak trees. They must have an acidic soil that should be well drained, with a pH of 4.5-6.0. Improve the soil in the planting bed with organic matter such as peat, compost or finely ground pine bark. These amendments will help increase the moisture holding ability of the soil and nutrient retention, plus help keep the soil acidic.
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