Azaleas suffering due to dry weather can easily be revived

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Azalea shrubs are beautiful plants that make a perfect addition to nearly every garden.  They work great in containers or planted in a lightly shaded area, they come in a variety of colors, and they bloom.  A lot.  First bloom usually happens in the spring, with another following in mid-summer, and more on through the fall.  The flowering on an azalea plant will cover almost the entire shrub, adding vibrant color to your landscape.  If you have an azalea plant in your garden, you might have noticed that it's not blooming the way you're expecting it to.  In fact, it may hardly be blooming at all.  That's because though azaleas are easy to care for, there are some things to look out for, including drought.

We've had a long drought here in North Alabama, and the small amounts of rain that we have gotten may not be enough for these plants to continue blooming.  Azaleas bloom on new growth, so if the plant doesn't have enough water for it to actively grow, it won't have as many blooms.  Luckily, there are things you can do to help the shrubs get through the end of this hot summer and bloom again in the fall.  Using a water hose, water directly on top of each plant.  This will be much better for the plant than just using a sprinkler.  You can also add some fertilizer on the top of the soil, but not too much because the roots of the shrub are near the surface of the soil.  With a little fertilizer and direct watering at least twice a week, your azaleas should bounce back and bring a gorgeous fall bloom in just a couple months.

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