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I have about 15 different types of azalea. They flower every year except one.

It will spot flower every other year and fully flower about once in ever 5 to 8 years with the same amount of attention. It is a mystery to me.

Submitted: 07:37PM, 10 Dec 2011
Answer: Hi Ken,

How lucky are you to have so many beautiful azaleas in your garden. There are quite a number of different species in this genus, the majority of them being spring flowering. There are certain species that will flower both spring and autumn.

It seems unusual that all but one of your azaleas refuses to flower even though it is given the same attention as all of the others. Azaleas prefer to grow in soils that are on the acidic side and should be fed with fertilisers that are specifically formulated for them. It would be interesting to know what species of azalea it is.

At this stage continue to water as you normally would, ensuring that there is a mulch around the plant to keep in that moisture during the summer months. No doubt you would have already fertilised in spring. At the end of summer when the weather cools down a little you could fertilise again with a product such as Dynamic Lifter for Camellias, azaleas and rhododendrons. This product is specifically formulated for acid-loving plants to encourage healthy growth and greater flowering.

I am sure with a little TLC this ‘stubborn reluctant to flower’ azalea will be encouraged to flower.

Answered: 09:42AM, 13 Dec 2011

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