Growing Calcifuges on Neutral soil
Although we wholeheartedly support the “right-plant-right-place” philosophy, we still would not want to forego entirely the pleasure provided by the elegant blooms of azaleas and rhododendrons in the spring. Therefore, we have devised a feeding regime which allows calcifuges to thrive in our neutral soil.
This regime consists of three elements. First, we apply a generous mulch of ericaceous compost around the base of the plants in March, followed by a slow-release ericaceous fertilizer, such as “Miracle Gro azalea, camellia & rhododendron”. From April to September, the plants are then fed every 6 weeks with a combination of seaweed and sequestered iron, such as “Maxicrop”.
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This regime is not only applied to azaleas and rhododendrons, but also to camellias and hydrangeas.
It is also essential to never let the plants dry out.