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more azaleas

Postby shibui » October 23rd, 2016, 7:09 pm

My daughter and partner are renovating an old house.
This weekend Tom got hold of a bobcat and the front yard got levelled. He saved the azaleas for me :tu:
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While Tom is a great diesel mechanic you may note by the trunk damage on these that he's not the world's most experienced Bobcat operator :palm:
They were both thoughtful enough to save these for me but not being experienced plant people, stored them on the font verandah, in full sun, until I could pick them up. You can see that by the time I arrived this afternoon all 3 were a little wilted.
Never mind, they ARE azaleas.

Back at home preparations for transplant - Shibui style.
First, shake off as much garden soil as I can.
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Many people try to keep as much soil on the roots of collected plants as they can. I find that garden soil in pots is a recipe for disaster and get far better results by removing most of it before potting up with proper potting mix.
In this case I was pleased I did
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These little buggers would no doubt have cause havoc if they had been left in the rootball :shake:
Another pleasant surprise - whoever planted these azaleas in the garden was thoughtful enough to shove the plastic labels right down in the rootball so I now know what variety 2 of them are :cool:

Now prune the top and the roots.
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then pot up in orchid pots with good mix.
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I reduced the roots of #2 a little more so it would fit into a 20 cm pot. The larger one went into a 30 cm pot.
Then, after watering them in well, a spot on the ground under a nursery bench to recover (or not :crybye: )
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I know some of you will be horrified to note that no Seasol was used in this project. :o :roll:
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Re: more azaleas

Postby Watto » October 23rd, 2016, 7:22 pm

My very best wishes to you and your new azaleas.
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Re: more azaleas

Postby Pearcy001 » October 23rd, 2016, 10:57 pm

I'm surprised you found room for it at the moment Neil, your benches must be packed after digging the grow beds this year. All I can think now is I need a bigger back yard! ;)

Good luck with the tree Neil, I'm also too lazy to seasol 8-)

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Re: more azaleas

Postby kcpoole » October 24th, 2016, 6:57 am

I love collected azaleas :-)
Nice score especially when dug by Machine :-)

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Re: more azaleas

Postby matlea » October 24th, 2016, 4:45 pm

Glad you found those curl grubs...hate the things. Have a large bougy and a few of them ate their way up into the trunk.. Not happy!
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Re: more azaleas

Postby zimzallabim » January 14th, 2017, 3:55 pm

Howd these go?

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Re: more azaleas

Postby The Surgeon » January 14th, 2017, 7:32 pm

Hey Shibui

Question: where do you get you're grow pots from? I've been been cutting down left of nursery boys, but i like the squat size ones you have
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Re: more azaleas

Postby shibui » January 14th, 2017, 7:39 pm

Howd these go?

Not so well Zim. I threw out the first 2 today, the others still struggling. I guess the tough life they have endured before digging and the rough bobcat treatment and sun they received was just too much. These are the 1st azaleas I have lost :(

where do you get you're grow pots from?
These are orchid pots from The Orchid Pot Company in port Macquarie - http://www.orchidpotco.com/
Some nurseries and clubs also stock these as grow pots.
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Re: more azaleas

Postby zimzallabim » January 14th, 2017, 7:47 pm

Sorry to hear [PENSIVE FACE]

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