How Much Does an Azalea Cost?
Referred to as “the royalty of the garden,” azaleas are known for its vivid colors, a profusion of flowers, and the ability to adapt to a variety of soils and climates. There are over 10,000 different species and hybrids of azaleas. While there are countless varieties, only a few are available commercially.
How much does it cost?
- Depending on the size, a smaller three-inch potted azalea will cost $3 to $6, while a quart can cost $6 to $12. On the other hand, azaleas that come in a gallon pot can cost upwards of $25 to $50.
- The prices of encore Azaleas grown at the Sooner Plant Farm start at $27 to $40. The plants come in 1.5 and 3-gallon pot sizes. The largest size, a five-gallon pot, can cost as much as $70.
- The Sonoma Horticultural Nursery in Sebastopol, California, offers azaleas in evergreen, deciduous, and Kiusianum species. Evergreen azaleas come in 1 gallon to 15-gallon sizes and can cost anywhere from $7 to $55. A basket costs $45 and a tree costs $55. Deciduous azaleas in 1 gallon to 15-gallon sizes cost anywhere from $10 to $75. The Kiusianum species in 1 gallon to 5 gallon sizes are priced anywhere from $10 to $25.
What is going to be included?
- Azalea can be purchased in gallons, in pots, or as trees. The plants can come with various items depending on the farm or nursery where the flowers were bought. Some farms include a pre-measured packet of time-release fertilizer that keeps the azaleas nourished for a year, pre-hydrated gel substances that keep soil moisture and help the plants to avoid transplant shock, and a planting and care instruction handbook.
- The colors and varieties can vary. There are over 10,000 azaleas!
- The flowers on the bush tend to bloom three times a year and can attract butterflies and all sorts of birds.
- Depending on the specific type of Azalea, they tend to be slow growing and can grow upwards of ten feet tall.
What are the extra costs?
- Buying new fresh soil will make the azaleas grow even better.
- Growing azaleas require the use of fertilizers. Experts recommend a slow-release type of fertilizer applied to the plant once a year. Slow-release fertilizers cost $6 to $75, depending on brand, size, and characteristics.
- If you want your azaleas to thrive, they will do best in a raised flower bed. This may take some basic relandscaping work.
- In order to work with the plants, it is recommended that you have hand clippers as well as gardening gloves.
- Most people like to finish their landscaping with fresh mulch around the base of the plant.
Tips to know:
- Before planting azaleas, make sure that the soil in your area is moist, acidic, and well-drained with abundant organic matter. Clay and sand are not ideal for these plants.
- Before planting your azaleas, water the soil. The roots will take hold and thrive better with wet soil.
- Make sure that the hole you dig for the plant is deep enough to cover the roots and the bottom of the plant, and make sure that it is wide enough for the plant to slide into it easily.
- Azaleas grow best when planted in areas that get adequate morning sunlight and light afternoon shade. Avoid places where they are under direct sunlight since this will cause the leaves to become scorched. Likewise, having too much shade can hamper the plants’ ability to develop flowers.
- Water your flowers at least once a week or more frequently if they are in direct sunlight.
- If you have a small garden, select more compact azaleas with heights ranging from 1 to 3 feet. On island beds or on areas near the home, choose medium azaleas that are 3 to 6 feet tall in height. Screens and backdrops can benefit from tall-growing varieties like evergreen and deciduous azaleas.
- Avoid fertilizing these plants after late June because it can lead to blooming problems in the winter months.
Questions to ask:
- How often should I apply fertilizer to the azaleas?
- What variety of azalea is suitable for my location?
- Will you be providing a booklet on the proper care and maintenance of the plants?
- How do you package the azaleas?
- When do you ship my order?
- Do you ship any time of the year?
- Do you ship from your farm/nursery?
- What if the azaleas I order become damaged during shipping?
- What is your policy on returns and cancellations?
How can I save money?
- Buy azaleas in volume. Many nurseries and farms provide sizable discounts to bulk buyers.
- Consider picking up your order at the farm or nursery instead of having the plants delivered to your place to avoid delivery fees.
- Don’t forget to check for coupons and promotions from various nurseries in the area.