I have a small dwarf azalea. It's been established about 3 years. The
long, late freeze we had really took a toll on it. No blossoms, leaves all
died and fell off. Well, it's coming back pretty strong. What I want to
do is put it in one of those large, all weather pots to put on the patio.
I'm in zone 5. I researched the Azalea Society website and really did not
find an answer to my question. I might have missed it. Can I take the
plant from the ground and put it into a pot this time of year or should I
wait until next spring? If I can, is there anything special I need to do
to ensure it a comfortable transplant?
This is how it works in my house. Click the pic to enlarge it:
I would wait until fall. then it has the winter to establish roots before
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Zone 5 next to Lake Michigan
Azaleas can be moved any time of year. It is easiest when the plants
are dormant, or at least not growing actively. Since your plant is
stressed now, I would wait until fall. They are much easier to bloom
when the are healthy. Yours is recovering from the shock an apparent
late freeze and maybe a winter drought. Make sure the pot has good
drainage. Drainage is the most important thing with azaleas. Also, do
not plant it deeper than it is now when you move it. It is better to
plant it a little higher, but not deeper.
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