Azalea questions

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Old 04-03-05, 08:24 PM
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Azalea questions

My parents have 2 azalea shrubs planted in a semi-shady area of their yard. They only get sun until noon (east side of house). The shubs are 2 years old and haven't grown much; seem unhealthy. I'm going to move them and have a few questions. Is full sun ok? We live in Nebraska, so winters are cold and summer temps can get up to 100 degrees. Could the soil where the Azaleas are currently just need something to boost up the acidity, or do they most likely suffer from a lack of sunshine?
 
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Old 04-03-05, 09:53 PM
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Although azaleas will do well in full sun, they are well suited for growing under trees with intermittent sun and shade. You say that they look unhealthy. Can you be more specific?

The old leaves of the past year look a bit ratty this time of the year, with new leaves developing. Azaleas perfer an acidic soil, but this is easily achieved with an acidic mulch such as pine straw or an amendment such as miracle grow for acid-loving plants. Azaleas do well in a mulched bed rather in a bare soil bed, since they are surface rooting plants. A bed with accumulalting layers of mulch applied year after year make for an ideal environment for an azalea.

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Old 04-04-05, 09:48 AM
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They haven't grown much in 2 years. Leaves have never abundently developed. Dead branches. Would you say they need more sun than just until noon? There is another spot in the yard that gets sun until 1 - 2 PM. Would this be better?
 
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