Choose your site, then dig in
Put Your Plant in Place
Water, Feed, and Mulch
Want a splash of color under your trees? Or maybe that shady area in the corner looks a little drab. Plant some azaleas, and you'll see an explosion of reds, pinks, whites, purples, or yellows that dazzles the eye. If you have an area with slightly acidic soil that's out of the sun, you have the perfect spot for some of the most beautiful bushes in the world.
What you're looking for is a site that offers some shade under trees, or along the north side of your house are good spots. Dig a hole that's twice as wide as your azalea's root ball. It should be deep enough so that the base of the shrub will be even with the ground.
Tap the sides of your azalea's container, then gently pull out your plant. Place it in the middle of the hole, and fill in the gap with compost or a product such as Miracle-Gro® Garden Soil for Trees & Shrubs. You don't want to stomp on the soil, since your shrub's surface roots need air.
Once it's in place, water your azalea thoroughly at the base. Give it a good start in its new home with some plant food, such as Miracle-Gro® Water Soluble Azalea, Camellia, Rhododendron Plant Food. Lay down a good layer of mulch to help your new plant retain moisture and stay free of weeds. Then visit your plant often to admire its beautiful flowers.
Azaleas are sensitive to water stress. Every spring, put some mulch around the plant, being careful to leave the trunk clear. Since your azalea loves acidic soil, place some pine needles around the base. Top that off with a sprinkle of a slow-release plant food, and you're all set for another beautiful season.