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by ladystressout on April 14, 2004 07:26 PM
Hi! Does anyone know how to make acid food for a azalea? I got one for Easter and just don't have the extra money right now to spend on getting anything? Hope someone can help me out here? Remember keep those hands dirty! and may God bless.
by Jiffymouse on April 14, 2004 09:57 PM
i know mulching them with pine straw provides the acid, and if i am not mistaken, so does coffee grounds.
by Chrissy on April 14, 2004 10:20 PM
Yep, Jiffymouse is right...I use coffee grounds on mine:)

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by njoynit on April 15, 2004 12:38 AM
so does cider vinegar 1 tsp per cup of water& cow manure

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I will age ungracefully until I become an old woman in a small garden..doing whatever the Hell I want!
by Bestofour on April 15, 2004 03:11 AM
If you have oak trees plant your azalea there. The leaves make the soil perfect for them.

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by Jon on April 15, 2004 09:16 AM
One of my favorite nurseries out here sells "Soil Sulpher" and it is very inexpensive ($2 - $3) for a bag that will last a very long time. I read up on it before I bought it - this is the first year I'm using it. The info I have says that desert land tends to be higher in alkaline (though I've had no problems with roses which prefer acidic soil). Anyway - the "soil sulpher" is supposed to lower the ph of the soil and a little goes a long ways.

I know you stated you can't afford much right now - but you might check and see if you can get it where you're at and at what price.

by ladystressout on April 15, 2004 04:43 PM
A big thank you one and all for answering my post and you all help so much! Coffee grounds I got a lot of and its cheap way to go too! Remember keep those hands of yours dirty!!
by loz on April 16, 2004 05:15 PM
I got azalea food on clearance at the end of last year for 2 something....well I have 2 that didn't do well at all, and to be honest with you I thought it was dead, but something in my head said don't pull it a few weeks back I put some food on it and I just checked it yesterday and there are buds appearing on it!!!!! I'm so happy [grin] ---it honestly appeared to be dead!
by Jiffymouse on April 16, 2004 07:42 PM
loz, i too had a couple of "dead" azaleas that are blooming beautifully now!
by loz on April 16, 2004 09:34 PM
Isn't it great Jiffy? I was so surprised......hopefully it does really well from now on! [thumb]
by catlover on April 17, 2004 05:19 AM
I am having great success this year with the coffee grounds on the azaleas and the roses! [thumb]

In fact I ran a little experiment and excluded the grounds on one azalea and half the roses.....the plants with grounds are blooming away beautifully and the non~coffee ground plants are not producing half as many blooms. [thumb]

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by loz on April 17, 2004 06:15 AM
I think my hubbys coffe grounds will be having a trip to my azaleas tom. LOL. May as well put them to good use right? [grin]
by Storm on April 18, 2004 04:37 AM
I am definately going to try this. I will let you know how I make out.

So while we are on this subject, what else likes coffee grounds??

by suziebenack on April 30, 2004 12:32 AM
Starbucks has a program where they give out their coffee grounds free for composting/mulching. According to their website, you can just go to any Starbucks and request grounds.
by catlover on April 30, 2004 04:18 AM
I haven't done this yet and others may disagree but my friend uses them in her potted plants outside as well as miracle grow periodically and boy are they ever growing!!!! [dunno]

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by Storm on May 05, 2004 03:53 AM
I just wanted to tell you all that we have had an azalea in our garden that has just trudged along for the last 3 years. We almost took it out. I tried the coffee grounds and you wouldn't believe how beautiful it is now. Unbelieveable!!

Thanks for the more reason to pop by here once in a while. Good website people. [thumb]
by Nan D on May 07, 2004 06:40 PM
Hi all, I've put all my coffee grounds on my vegetable garden for 35 years and I have the lightest, fluffiest soil from old hard packed hay field soil.
Now my Azaleas & roses will get them. Thanks for the information.

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