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Where To Buy Azaleas Near Me

Our staff collects seed and need more from as many sources as possible, please reach out to us. You can send us some seed too. If you own nursery that is looking for native azalea liners, give us a call or send us an email. We want to supply you with some liners. For wholesale clients, we ship plants everywhere; from Atlanta to Maine, out to Lake Tahoe, even a box full to Shanghai for trials. Let us know what and where your needs are and we will try to help.

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We hope to hear from you as we build our information. Editorial comments are more than welcome. Our vision is to create the go to resource for everyone interested in native azaleas. The staff at Carolina Native Nursery knows there are many folks that want to know more. We look forward to raising awareness, providing the plants, and helping get these plants in gardens, landscapes, and back in nature everywhere they have traditionally been found.

  • In ourregion, early spring and fall are the best times to plant them.

  • Dig ahole that is about 3 times the width of the pot your azalea came in & thesame depth.

  • Azaleasprefer a rich, well-draining soil, so if you have clay or sandy soil, you willneed to amend it. Azaleas thrive in slightly acidic soil, so use a specialized mixlike Pike Azalea and Camellia Soil.

  • Add theazalea mix about 50/50 with your native soil, plus a handful of Dr. Earth Root Zone organic starterfertilizer & mix it up. This will allow for better drainage, add nutrients,and allow tender new roots to grow easily - creating a stronger, healthierplant.

  • Plantingdepth is critical because azaleas are shallow-rooted plants. Place them so theroot ball in about 2 inches above the soil line & mound the amended soil around it.This will help keep the roots closer to the surface for water, oxygen &nutrients.

  • If youwant to grow azaleas in a container, plant them with Pike Potting Soil and Dr. Earth Root Zone organic starter fertilizer.

  • Whenremoving the plant from the pot, massage the root system to loosen up roots andencourage them to grow outwards.

  • Beforeplanting, wet the root ball to make sure it's moist. A dry root ball is difficultto re-wet once it is in the ground.

The two main azalea groups, evergreen and deciduous (varieties that drop their leaves in the fall) can be found in nearly every part of North America, from the frosty Canadian plains to tropical Florida. The rhododendron types are fussier, preferring environments where it is neither too hot nor too cold (Zones 5 to 8). They need a certain amount of chilling to develop strong flower buds. In the winter, protect rhododendrons from cold damage. (See more below.)

With thousands of varieties, there are rhododendrons and azaleas for just about every landscape situation. There are low-growing ground cover azaleas, plants that grow from 1 to 2 feet, as well as plants that can grow up to 25 feet tall. They come in many flower colors, including pink, red, white, yellow, and purple. Though most plants flower in the spring, there are also summer-blooming varieties that add color and charm to the garden.

You may be interested in joining the American Rhododendron Society, which runs a database with information on more than 2,000 rhododendrons and azaleas. On an annual basis, the society selects a number of rhododendrons to be awarded the Rhododendron of the Year designation, highlighting the best-performing plants for different regions.

By January of 1934, Forester was reporting that there would be 95,000 azaleas in the gardens by the end of the project. At one point it was claimed that Ravine Gardens had the largest single collection of azaleas in the world. It is believed that the gardens in 1934 included 64 of the known 72 varieties with shades ranging from a pure white to a deep crimson.

Today the vegetation in Ravine Gardens State Park is a mix of native species and ornamentals. The park grounds still preserve hundreds of the original azaleas planted by Forester and Gillespie. Surveys are currently being conducted to identify the different species that remain in the park. To date, up to 14 different varieties have been identified. Large spans of unmanicured azaleas can be found spread along trails and ravine sides, creating a spectacular display of blooms each year.

The bloom season for the azaleas ranges from late December to early March. The bloom time is largely dependent on the weather. When the area has a warm winter, the blooms can start as early as December. However, when the area has cold winter with several freezes, the blooms may not start until late February early March. Typically, February is the best time to see the azalea blooms.

To keep azaleas looking healthy, it is essential that you choose an appropriate planting location and practice proper azalea care. These shrubs should be planted in the spring, preferably within cool, lightly shaded sites. Full sun, especially in southernmost climates, can actually burn the leaves while heavy shade can deprive them of necessary oxygen, resulting in poor blooming and weaker growth.

Azaleas (Rhodondendron spp.) bring color in fall and winter, and often provide the solution for sites with shade and acidic soil. Azaleas are particular about water, declining in health from too little or too much. Understanding the watering needs of azaleas will help you set up a watering schedule to keep the plant healthy.

The ideal planting mix to improve and revitalize the soil in and around plants that thrive in lower pH soils like: rhododendrons, azaleas, hollies, blueberries, strawberries, ferns, fuchsias, camellias, dogwoods, and conifers. Made with premium ingredients, it contains sphagnum peat moss, compost, and aged bark.

Our Organic & Natural Planting Soil for Acid-Loving Plants is hand-crafted to meet the needs of crops, shrubs, and flowers that thrive in lower pH soils, (like ferns, azaleas, rhododendrons, hydrangeas, hollies, and blueberries).

Organic & Natural Planting Soil for Acid-Loving Pants is the ideal soil conditioner to improve and revitalize the soil around your azaleas, rhodys and other acid-loving plants. It is naturally lightweight and contains just the right ingredients to grow beautiful blossoms and fruit.

When planting acid loving perennials such as rhododendrons, azaleas, ferns, hollies,hydrangeas, and blueberries, backfill the planting hole with a mix of equal parts ofAcid-Loving Planting Soil and existing garden soil. Do not pack the soil down around the plants, as this eliminates valuable airspace for the roots. Rather, water the plant in to settle the soil, adding more if needed. Water thoroughly and regularly until the plant has established itself.

We have a few deciduous varieties planted near the main entrance to the gardens. These plants are upright and tall, with very large flowers and a very striking range of colors from yellow orange to orange red. They are midseason bloomers.

Check out the Azalea Society of America web page at Another good source for information about azaleas can be found at A broader source of information that includes rhododendrons as well as azaleas can be found at the American Rhododendron Society web site at or at the Rhododendron Species Foundation web site at

Few plants can rival the spectacular floral displays of azaleas. Their vivid colors, profusion of flowers, and adaptability to a wide range of soils and climates make them one of the most popular flowering shrubs in Georgia. Although most people associate azaleas with spring, several bloom in summer and fall. By carefully selecting plants, you can have azaleas blooming at least eight months of the year.

Azaleas are grouped into categories based on a number of plant characteristics, including whether they are evergreen or deciduous (shed their foliage in winter), and whether they are a native plant species or an introduced cultivar. Evergreen azaleas are described according to flower form, petal shape, variation in petal colors, plant size, time of bloom and growth habit. Many hybrid evergreen cultivars are grouped according to the name of the plant breeder who introduced them or the location where they were developed. These various groups and characteristics are described below.

Most evergreen azaleas originated in Japan, but some came from China, Korea or Taiwan. Several deciduous azaleas are native to North America; others originated in Eastern Europe, Japan, China and Korea. Others come from hybrid crosses.

Deciduous azaleas typically have tubular flowers with long stamens that extend beyond their petals. Evergreen azaleas, on the other hand, may have a wide variety of flower forms. Figure 2 shows six flower forms used to describe the flowers of evergreen azaleas.

Another way azaleas are grouped is whether they bloom early, mid-season or late. Early flowering types generally bloom from mid-February through March, mid-season types bloom in late April and May, and late-flowering types bloom from June through October.

Several species of azaleas are native to Georgia and the Southeast. Their flower color ranges from white to pink, yellow, orange, scarlet or crimson, with several shades in between. Plant size is also variable, ranging from 3 ft to more than 20 ft. Although native azaleas are considered more adaptable and more hardy than introduced species, it is important to approximate their native growing environment if they are to be grown successfully.

Kurume Hybrids: Kurume azaleas are one of the most commonly grown azaleas in Georgia. They were imported from Kurume, Japan, to the Arnold Arboretum in Boston in the early 1900s and soon made their way into the nursery trade. Most Kurume hybrids are low- to medium-growing shrubs (2 to 3 ft), but a few grow to 5 to 6 ft.

Southern Indian Hybrids: Southern Indian (also called Southern Indica) hybrids were developed from plants at Magnolia Plantation in Charleston, S.C., and therefore are well adapted to the southern and coastal regions of Georgia. They are not reliably cold hardy in the northern half of Georgia, however. Most Southern Indian azaleas are fast growing and become quite large (5 to 8 ft tall and 5 to 10 ft wide), making them undesirable for foundation plantings. In south Georgia, they are often planted under pine trees, where they have filtered shade and plenty of room to grow. 041b061a72


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