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Old 04-15-2013, 09:07 AM
 
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Hi y'all,
I have an azalea shrub growing in a huge container on my patio, and it has rained a lot for the last few days - yesterday there were also really strong winds and I've noticed that many of the flowers look wilted and brown and just kind of fall off the stem. I'm guessing it's because they got too much water from the rain.

The container that they're in is about 20" deep and is lined with about 1-2" of pebbles at the bottom with a little sand, so it has good drainage.

Is there anything else I should be doing to help the plant? I don't want it to get root rot and die.
Also, is it ok that the flowers are falling off? Will they grow back?

Thank you!
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Old 04-15-2013, 09:26 AM
 
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Since it's in an overwatered pot there's not much you can do. It'll need to dry out some. Yes you can cut the flowers, new ones eventually will grow out, if the plant doesn't die from the overwatering.
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Old 04-15-2013, 09:43 AM
 
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IDK... since you say the container has good drainage, maybe the blooms are just done for the season....
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Old 04-15-2013, 10:13 AM
 
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My very well established azaleas are dropping their blooms right now (turn brown, then drop). They don't last very long, in general. If it looks like there are no new buds, I usually give it a quick trim, and they can rebloom later in the season.
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Old 04-15-2013, 11:19 AM
 
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Our azaleas have reached the end of the bloom season too. If they turn brown BEFORE they drop off there is a good chance that they have petal blight. The usual thing is for the bloom, to drop off before they wilt. Watch them next year. If the petals start turning before dropping, you may need to spray.
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Old 04-16-2013, 06:34 AM
 
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Thanks everyone!

Some of them have dropped off before turning brown, but I wasn't sure if that was normal, or if it was from all the wind and rain lately.

How should I trim them to make sure they bloom again?
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Old 04-16-2013, 06:59 AM
 
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Mine only bloom once.
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Old 04-16-2013, 07:03 AM
 
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I think it depends on the type of azalea. Mine rebloom - I know my neighbor has some that are done for the year. Since mine grow pretty vigorously, I just trim mine down to a manageable height, since they will take off during the summer.
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Old 04-16-2013, 11:21 AM
 
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I would not prune them until you see what type they are. Some are VERY slow growing and won't really need triming within your lifetime. others may be cut back every year, But, seldom do any of them rebloom within the same blooming season.

I am guessing that whoever planted them in the container picked a slow growing type.
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