When it comes to beautiful flowering plants, there aren’t many that can match the bright colorful blooms of the Azalea bush. I don’t pretend to know about the various varieties of Azaleas, but no matter which one you have around your house, as beautiful as they are, they only bloom for about two or three weeks. That is the single unfortunate truth about Azaleas, but if you think about it... it's probably the reason they are so beautiful.  

“The bad news is nothing lasts forever. The good news is nothing lasts forever.” ― J. Cole 

 

What if your Azalea is not blooming? According to plantaddicts.com, there are several reasons why it might not be:  

  • Pruning
    Azaleas produce flowers on old wood. Which means that the flower buds for the following year are actually grown a few months after the plant is done blooming.This is the most common reason why azaleas do not bloom. 
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  • Fertilizing
    Fertilizing at the wrong time or with the wrong mix of fertilizer may impact how many flowers are produced. Nitrogen will encourage the plant to put energy into foliage growth instead of putting that energy into blooming.
  • Frost
    Harsh winters can kill off the edges of the azalea branches, which have next year’s blooms on them. If the plants aren’t protected and you have a winter that is colder than normal, that could impact how many flowers there are once the weather warms up.
  • Sunlight
    Most azaleas require full sunlight or at least 6 hours of sunlight per day to perform the best. Check around the plant to see if anything has changed since you started growing it. 
  • Too small of a container
    Has the azalea been growing in the plant for several years, and is now root bound? If the planter is no longer big enough for the plant, it could impact the health of the azalea and how many flowers it creates each year.
  • Water
    Make sure the azaleas are getting enough moisture. The soil needs to be well drained, but these plants need quite a bit of water in order to produce beautiful looking flowers. 

You can go HERE to read about more about the proper care and growing of Azalea plants.  

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