How Much Watering Does An Alaska Azalea Need?

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When reading the part about the watering of the Alaska Azeala, what is meant by "average"?

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Answer #3 ·'s Answer · John is right. Because they do not like constantly soggy or wet soil, avoid overwatering or planting Azaleas in a poorly drained soil that stays constantly soggy or wet. Well-drained soil is a must!

If you're watering with an automated irrigation system it's best to set your timer to water during the early morning hours and not in the late evening or at night, which can lead to the onset of fungus and other foliar diseases. During the first few weeks after planting, check soil moisture often and adjust irrigation time if necessary to keep the soil moist, not wet.

Immediately after planting, deep soak the planting area to a depth of 6" or more. Make sure to water the root ball and the surrounding soil.

During the first active growth season you should not have to water your newly planted azaleas every day. More often than not, this causes soggy soil conditions that can lead to root rot and other harmful plant diseases. In the absence of sufficient rainfall, water only as needed to keep the rootball and surrounding soil damp to moist. Keep in mind that deep soaking less frequently is much better than splashing just a little water on the plants every day. Also keep in mind that azaleas planted during the winter dormant season, when the plant is not growing and moisture is not evaporating from the soil as quickly, will require much less water.

When established, I've found that where I'm at in central Georgia most zaleas are quite drought tolerant. That being said, as John mentioned, if you see new leaves wilting or tips of stems bending over during a drought, this could be a sign that your plants could use a good deep soaking.)

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Answer #1 · Maple Tree's Answer · Hi Steve-This is a good question. Unfortunately it would be difficult for a plant file to tell one exactly how much water a particular plant may need. There are several factors that determine the actual amount of water required for a specific plant such as the type of plant, amount of average rain fall, type of soil, air temperature and others. This is why most plant files note only whether the plants water requirements are low, average, or high. Average water needs would be enough water to keep the soil damp but never to wet or dry. When digging down 6 to 8 inches the soil should feel cool and moist but not dry or wet to the touch. The azalea needs a soil that is well draining so that the soil doesn't become saturated causing root rot and fungal disease. Wilting of the leaves is the best indication for me that my azaleas are not getting enough water. I live in a warm climate with a well draining soil. My Alaska azaleas are in a location that gets filtered light or afternoon shade. During the summer months a couple of waterings a week is normally all my established azalea plants need. Newly planted azaleas may need some additional watering their first growing season until a more substancial root system develops. After a small amount of time you will learn how much water your soil will need to keep damp without staying to wet or dry.

Hopefully this has helped.


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Answer #2 · Steve Wright's Answer · Thanks, John. That helps me considerably.)

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Maple Tree · Gardenality Genius · Zone 10A · 30° to 35° F
You're very welcome. Don't hesitate to ask any other questions you may have. I really like the 'Alaska' azalea. I have a couple of this cultivar that are quite old now and keep blooming well every spring and many times in the fall also. One is now full of flowers again now in early spring.

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