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Rhododendrons and Relatives: Evergreen azaleas do not bloom

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shihtzumom
Pearisburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

February 10, 2009
8:16 PM

Post #6120749

We have everygreen Azaleas that get all day sun. They bloom only along the bottom of the plant by they have new growth on top/sides - does this indicate to much sun? The leaves are healthy.

Suggestions?
Kalpavriksha
Sarasota, FL

February 18, 2009
11:57 PM

Post #6157710

Are you trimming the plants after mid-summer? If so you're cutting off the flowers that'll appear next year.
shihtzumom
Pearisburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

February 20, 2009
6:50 AM

Post #6163959

No, they are not cut back.
Thanks
luis_pr
Hurst, TX
(Zone 7b)

February 21, 2009
3:04 PM

Post #6169229

Do you have wildlife that could be eating the flower buds? Bamby loves to eat rhododendron and azalea flower buds and that might explain why you get little bloomage near the top of the plant. They nibble on the top part and a little or very little on the bottom part depending on Bamby's preferences and height. On the other hand, if the azalea were to bloom fine on top but poorly on the bottom, I would have suggested rabbits as a possibility. Squirrels can also eat the flower buds when they are hungry.
shihtzumom
Pearisburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

February 22, 2009
4:45 PM

Post #6173636

Do you the sun or soil would be an issue?
luis_pr
Hurst, TX
(Zone 7b)

February 22, 2009
8:45 PM

Post #6174625

No, not really. I cannot think of a soil or sun problem that would affect/reduce blooming only on the top of the plant. That is why I suggested some common pests.

My azaleas in the back get sun either in some parts of the shrub or all of the shrub in the morning; then theyy get shade in the afternoon. Other azaleas in front of the house get no direct sun at all times (but get plenty of indirect sun). Neither tends to bloom mostly on the bottom part.

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