Blooming Azaleas

Bear…03.25.2014… Vernal sunshine on Azaleas





15 comments on “Blooming

  1. Beautifullll. I love Azaleas but never been successful in growing them. 😦


    • Need acidic soil.


      • 60 years ago, I used to play around a rubber estate’s office complex where pink Azaleas were grown in every corner of its garden together with orange and yellow lilies. Now all are gone, no even a single plant left.


        • They root easily from cuttings. Or air-layer.

          Best to take the cutting immediately after blooming, or even with the flower. The new growth starts as soon as the blossom falls and the buds for the next blooming are set almost immediately. If you take the cutting before the growth starts then buds will set on the branches started at the cut, otherwise no flowers next season.

          Azaleas like acidic well drained, even sandy soils. Pines and oaks are good companions and indicators of the right conditions. Dappled sunlight. Too much sun “sunburns” them. But usually that is only in July or August, when they are not blooming anyway. Too much shade and they bloom more slowly and less profusely, like mine, and are leggier. I have the kind without enough sun.

          During drought they need water. You can tell because they will look wilted and loose leaves. Azaleas can tolerate a lot of stresses, including a little bit of drought, heat, freezes, and even lots of rain, but they can’t survive long with their roots in stagnant water, so if water pools in that area you will need to ditch and guide the water to another spot.

          The azalea in the WIDOWMAKER picture and the one that the horse is eyeing are both from cuttings.

          I have many questions about the rubber estate and your presence playing around the office as a small child. I suspect it would require two books to answer them all. πŸ™‚

          I hope that some of the azaleas and lilies were transplanted to somewhere and that descendant plants continue to thrive.


          • No, Nothing left for the azaleas but only the orange lilies that I found in around 1970 in abandoned land, formerly the employee’s housing complex. I brought home and planted on my mother’s house.

            Last month I brought three pieces of azaleas cuttings from a friend of mine and planted on the pots. You know what happen to them, they are not rooting yet until now. The leaves aren’t wilted, it look fresh! it is really weird !

            I just wait and see. πŸ™‚


          • Already abandoned in 1970. That is a clue to so much that I do not know.
            But about azaleas ….yes. Wait some more. Don’t give up. Keep damp. With green leaves they are not dead, merely deciding. πŸ™‚


          • πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚


  2. Nomzi Kumalo says:

    Nature makes those colours? Amazing. πŸ™‚



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