Brighter Azaleas with Vinegar

by Amy Gordon
(last updated September 28, 2016)

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Acid usually has a negative connotation. Speaking of acid brings images of things melting away, which is partially true, since things that are really acidic can burn things away, but most acid is not that strong. Acid, however, is usually not a good thing to have in your garden. Most plants want a more basic soil to help it grow, so you want to get the acid out of the soil.

Azaleas are a very different plant. Azaleas, rather than dying with acid, grow better. They love having very acidic soil, but it can be difficult to raise the acid level in the soil, especially without damaging the other plants in the area. If you are trying to raise azaleas, and want a quick and easy way to add acidity to the soil, you have come to the right place.

The quick and easy way to add a little acid to your soil and help your azaleas grow is to use a solution of one cup of vinegar to a gallon of water. Use this mixture while watering your azaleas. For most plants, this would be a horrible thing to do, but for the azaleas, it is really a treat. The amount of acid in the vinegar mixture brings the soil up to just the right level for this particular plant. Just be careful not to mix methods of adding acidity to the soil, since too much of anything, including acid, can be harmful.

Following this little trick will help the azaleas to flower brighter than ever before. You will really be amazed how much easier it is to grow your azaleas and how much better they look. Another thing to keep in mind while growing your azaleas is to be sure to keep them in a shady position. Just like the azaleas are one of the few plants that prefer acid, they are also one of the few that prefer shade to sunlight.

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Amy Gordon

Amy Gordon loves keeping things simple, natural, and safe so she can spend more time having fun. Every day she learns new things about making life at home easier and she loves to share it with you! ...

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2015-07-22 18:43:58

robin

can white vinegar be used or only apple cider?
I like this tip as a easier way to add acid to my azaleas soil.


2015-05-03 15:41:43

Harry Baker

have seen on my pc 1/2 cup to agal of water and aqnother one says use 2 table spoons to a gallon which is correct?


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