How to Plant Azalea
1. As soon as you receive your azalea bush, water it well. Keep the soil moist until you are ready to plant.
2. Dig a hole about 2 times wider than the root ball of your plant and as deep as it is tall.
3. Put your azalea in the hole and be sure that the top of the root ball is just slightly higher than the top of the hole. This way you know you haven’t planted too deep.
4. Backfill the native soil into hole and around the root ball. If your soil is poor you can amend it with up to 50% organic planting mix. Just remember that your plant will need to acclimate to the native soil in order for the planting to be successful. So don’t overdo it with amendments. Tamp the soil gently down with your hands.
5. Water deeply at the base of your azalea until the ground is thoroughly saturated.
6. Mulch can be added to help the soil retain moisture and keep weeds away. It is especially good for new plants that need almost constant moisture in order for them to establish properly.
7. This is probably the most important step in planting any plant! Water, water, water. The number one reason plants are unsuccessful is under-watering. Proper watering helps plants establish faster, grow faster, and be healthier. Water daily for the first week. Water deeply 1 to 3 times per week for the first 2 to 3 months. It varies depending on your climate and the time of year, but a good rule of thumb would be to water your azalea bush deeply 3 times per week for about 1 month, 2 times per week for month 2 and once per week for the third month. After this period your plant will be drought tolerant and will only need to be watered during times of extreme drought.