Azaleas love acidic soil with a pH of 5.5 to 6.5. When planting new azaleas, mix cottonseed meal and a 4-5-4 formulated fertilizer in with the soil to attain the optimal pH balance for your plants. For established azaleas, apply cottonseed meal around the drip line of the plant in early spring and early fall. As an added bonus, the cottonseed meal will stimulate the growth of beneficial bacteria in the soil, which will provide your azaleas with essential nutrients. To give the foliage that vibrant, healthy shine, treat your azaleas with a 31-11-11 formulated liquid fertilizer once a month from May to August. Always remember that the azalea’s roots are very susceptible to cold, and should be covered in mulch in late autumn to protect them from the harsh winter chill.

Mitchell and Sons uses and recommends Hi-Yield® Cottonseed Meal, Dr. Earth® 4-5-4 Premium Organic 4 Rhododendron, Azalea and Camellia Fertilizer, Ferti-lome® Acid Loving Formula Soluble Plant Food and Hardwood Bark Mulch for all our azaleas.

Certain varieties of plants will only grow in specific climates, (called zones), so always be sure to check the zone hardiness for your area when selecting new azaleas or any other plant. The Northern Indiana/South West Lower Michigan area lies in zone 5, and has a climate that can support plants listed as being hardy in zones 1 through 5. Some of the best azaleas for zone 5 are:



Lemon Lites

Mandarin Lites

Stewartsonian Azalea

For more information on zone hardiness, see our USDA Plant Hardiness Map.

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