Asked April 23, 2021, 10:57 AM EDT
This spring we planted 10 "Hino Crimson" azaleas along the front of our house, replacing the scraggly ones we planted there in 2017 (Rosebud and Elsie Lee). The front of the house faces WNW, and gets mid to late afternoon sun. One of the original azaleas actually died and we pulled it out, last year or the year before. The 2017 azaleas we moved to the back of the house, where we back up to parkland and scattered tall trees give dappled sunlight - hoping they'll be happier there.
The new shrubs looked good, on the verge of blooming when we put them in, and blooms popped open within a week, with the exception of one - in the same location as the one that died before. I'm trying to figure out why. Attached are a coup-le of photos. The sad one is number 7 from the front door, 4th from the end. It is not in front of the outdoor faucet (the 2 there are just fine) but is in front of the kitchen window, near the edge of the house and the downspout, which drains under bed off the side of the house.
For now, I dug up the azalea, excavated a larger area around it, and filled it with 2 40lb bags of top soil with Holly-Tone mixed in, and replanted the azalea. When I dug out the dirt, I didn't find anything I thought unusual - a fairly large rock, some large thick roots from other long gone shrubs, and one very disappointed squirming cicada larva, but nothing else. The other shrubs' blooms are done, and I don't expect this one will do anything to catch up. I'm just hoping it won't die by next year like its predecessor. Is there anything else you can recommend we do to try and keep that plant healthy? Or do you have recommendations of something we need to fix or look at with that location besides what I've already done?
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Montgomery County Maryland