Cultural Information Azaleas are one of the most desirable flowering shrubs for Southern California gardens and if given the proper growing conditions, they'll provide years of trouble-free beauty. Azaleas are beautiful in the landscape or a container. Planting Azaleas need rich, moist, well-drained, acidic soil. 1. Dig a hole three times the size of the root ball. 2. Using E.B. Stone Azalea, Camellia, Gardenia Planting Mix combine one third soil and two thirds planting compost. 3. Place a small handful of E.B. Stone Azalea, Camellia, Gardenia Food in the bottom of the hole and incorporate into the soil. 4. Make sure the top of the original root ball is one inch above surrounding soil. 5. Firmly tap soil to remove any air pockets. 6. Water in with Liquinox B1. Fertilizing Azaleas require a slightly acidic soil and since our soils tend to be alkaline, you should only fertilize with 'acid-type' fertilizers specifically formulated for Azaleas. 1. Feed monthly with E.B. Stone Azalea, Camellia, and Gardenia Food. 2. Use a spring and fall application of Iron Supplement. Water Keep soil moist to the touch, but don't over water. Apply two inches of pine bark around the plant to help retain moisture. Care Azaleas require little or no pruning. The exceptions are: 1. To remove spent flowers. 2. To prune back plant at the end of its blooming cycle for desired shape. Your last pruning should be no later than August or September as the buds for spring will soon be forming.