Feed af­ter a light trim

Amateur Gardening - - Your Gardening Week -

1 Re­move any spent blooms and buds that failed to flower as this will en­cour­age new growth. 2 Prune back the dead, dam­aged or dis­eased stems to healthy wood. Keep the shrub in good shape by re­mov­ing weak and spindly twigs. 3 Feed with a slow-re­lease er­i­ca­ceous plant food and fork it in. Don’t feed af­ter mid­sum­mer as new growth may fail in colder weather. 4 Wa­ter your aza­lea well through­out sum­mer. They pre­fer rain­wa­ter, as it is less al­ka­line. If you only have tap, let it stand in a wa­ter­ing can for 24 hours so the chlo­rine evap­o­rates.

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