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Do You Need to Water Azaleas in the Summer? (When and How)

Do you need to water azaleas in the summer? How frequently should you be watering azaleas in the summer? Is rainwater sufficient for azaleas? The frequency of watering Azaleas will depend on whether or not your Azaleas are established or if your Azaleas are newly planted. The location of where your azaleas are planted will also determine water frequency. Similar to Rhododendrons, Azaleas have shallow root systems and will benefit from regular watering in the summer.

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How Frequently should you water established Azaleas in the summer?

If you have established Azaleas in your garden, then you should water your Azaleas once a week in the summer. Azaleas have shallow root systems and can easily dry out. Of course, if you skip a week or two of watering, your established Azaleas will survive. 

If there is a drought, you should water Azaleas more than once a week to make sure they are getting enough water. Make sure to apply mulch around your azaleas to help them retain moisture during the warm summer months. 

The key is to balance the watering since you don’t want the shallow roots to dry out. At the same time, you don’t want your Azaleas to sit in soggy soil since it is prone to root rot.

How Frequently should you water Azaleas in the Shade during summer? 

Azaleas are typically planted in shaded locations. If your azaleas are planted under large trees, this means your azaleas are directly competing with nearby tree roots for water. You need to pay close attention to your azaleas if it is planted under large trees. It’s best to water your azaleas twice a week if you think it is competing for water with nearby trees. Also, mulch around your azaleas to help them retain moisture. If there is a dry spell or drought, water more frequently.

Remember, the soil should be moist, not soggy! Don’t overwater, it will cause root rot! Feel the soil around your azaleas, it should be evenly moist.

How Frequently should you water Newly Planted Azaleas in the summer?

For newly planted azaleas, you need to make sure you give them enough water so they will establish a healthy root system. Water your newly planted azaleas 3 times a week. Since your azaleas have shallow root systems, you should be watering your azaleas 3 times a week during the first three years after planting. You should water deeply rather than lots of frequent light watering.  

If your newly planted azaleas are under large trees, you should pay close attention to ensure your azaleas are getting the water it needs and not being outcompeted by the tree roots. Check that your azaleas look healthy and not looking wilted.

How to Water Azaleas in the Summer

When you water Azaleas, it is better to do a deep watering rather than frequent light watering. This will encourage their roots to grow down and deep, preventing shallow roots. Just make sure the soil is evenly moist and the soil is well-drained. The last thing you want to do is to let your Azaleas sit in soggy soil and develop root rot!

When to Water your Azaleas in the Summer?

It’s best to water azaleas in the morning. If you can’t water your azaleas in the morning, late afternoon is also a good time to water your azaleas in the summer.

How to Know When to Water Azaleas in the Summer

Here are signs of when to give your azaleas supplemental water during the warm summer months. 

1. Water Azaleas During Summer Droughts and Dry Spell

If you experience a few weeks of dry conditions in the summer, your Azaleas will benefit from water. Also, if you have a drought you should water your Azaleas.

2. Water Azaleas if it Looks Dried Out

If your Azaleas look dried out, then you should water your perennials. That is an obvious sign that your perennial needs supplemental watering.

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