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Rhododendron Care: How To Grow Beautiful Rhododendrons and Azaleas

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Learn how simple Rhododendron care actually is with these easy tips on how to grow beautiful Azalea and Rhododendron bushes.

Rhododendron Care: How to grow beautiful Rhododendrons and Azaleas | Learn how simple Rhododendron care actually is with these easy tips on how to grow beautiful Azalea and Rhododendron bushes.

Rhododendrons are one of the very first shade bushes I ever planted way back in my very first garden.

I remember how amazed I was that there was a shade-loving shrub which was evergreen and had such beautiful blooms in the spring.

And now that I’ve grown them for so many years, I still love them. Especially since Rhododendron care is so easy!

In the years since I started gardening, I’ve expanded my selections to include many varieties of Azaleas as well.  They are also part of the Rhododendron family but are not all evergreen.  A little confusing I know.  Azaleas and Rhododendrons are both referring to different varieties of Rhododendron.  Why some get a common name (like Azalea) and some still go by the species name (Rhododendron), I’m not sure.

 | Rhododendron Care: How to grow beautiful Rhododendrons and Azaleas | Learn how simple Rhododendron care actually is with these easy tips on how to grow beautiful Azalea and Rhododendron bushes.

However, generally speaking, Azaleas and Rhododendrons require the same type of care and (very little) maintenance so I always think of them as part of the same group.

Keep reading to find out all the details of growing and caring for Rhododendrons and Azaleas.

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  1. Barbara Garcia
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    I purchased azaleas 2 years ago that said full shade and thats where i planted them. They have not bloomed once. What do i need to do?

    • Wanda
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      Hi Barbara…It can take 2 or 3 years for the plants to get established before they start blooming. Other than that, the most common reason for no blooms is pruning. For most Azaleas, the flower buds grow the summer before they bloom, so if you trim the bushes in the fall or early spring, you will cut them off. Or you could get the same issue if you have rabbits or deer nibbling on your bushes, or a late frost that kills the buds. If none of those are the problem, I would try using a fertilizer that is meant for Rhododendrons and Azaleas. Hope this helps!

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