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Question: 277-5201
My azalea did not bloom this past spring. What could cause this problem? Barbara, Wheeling, WV

Mort's Answer:
A late frost will nip many flowers in the bud. Early blooming azalea need protection from the north wind. Often times, the wind will dry the buds. The best location for these early bloomers is on the east or west side of a structure with an evergreen plant or fence as a buffer from the north side. If the azalea is on the south side, the heat of the sun may cause the buds to swell prematurely. When the late frosts hit, the tissue is destroyed. Deciduous azaleas with heavy bud shells and PJM can often survive in unprotected areas but they should be planted in the partial shade with shelter.

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