Azaleas need very acidic soil. That is the secret to growing these
plants, which will remain healthy with a little attention. Don't miss
out on your azalea blossoms simply because you don't know the simple
tasks required to keep these plants hale and hearty.
So where can you get this acidic soil? Start with decayed pine needles
or the decayed sawdust from oak, cypress or hemlock. If you mix coarse
sand and leaf mold, then you will have a loose, crumbly soil that holds
moisture but that also allows for good drainage. You can then control
your soil's acidity with proper mulching.
Azaleas need filtered sunlight, but if they are planted in very shady
areas, the plants will not overwinter well. Be sure to select a spot
that offers your plants some sunlight and that protects them from severe
For more tips on deadheading or complimentary color-suiting, refer to
our guide to growing azaleas