Learn which plants thrive in your Hardiness Zone with our new interactive map!

Care & Overwintering for Azaleas

By Nicholas Staddon ; Updated September 21, 2017

Caring and overwintering for azaleas will require you to mulch them in a very specific way. Find out about care and overwintering for azaleas with help from an experienced professional gardener in this free video clip.


This is Nicholas Staddon with Monrovia. Today, we're going to talk about care and over-wintering for azaleas. Azaleas are beautiful plants and some of them need a little bit of care and protection in the wintertime. We're going to show you how. If you are in a colder area of the United States, probably put them on the shelf inside of the house. Ease back on the watering. And then mulching, you can use about mulch, maybe put a couple of inches over the top of the roots, a nice mulch which has got some acidic soil in there, coco coir, peat moss and a really easy way to cover your azaleas is with burlap and you just basically cover the plant with the burlap. This is called frost cloth and with frost cloth you just literally lay it over the azaleas and I can guarantee you this will keep the frost off them in the morning when the temperature warms up you just go out there and you roll the frost cloth back like so, let the plants enjoy the sunlight. So the last method is a tried and true practice in Europe. We have our stakes into the ground and then what we do is we put burlap between the two stakes. This side will be completely protected, this side is where the cold air and the wind is coming from. You can also use a fiber blanket and this fiber blanket will keep your azaleas as warm and toasty as if they are in bed with you.


About the Author

Nicholas Staddon has been with Monrovia for 20 years, and is the spokesperson for new plants.