Wednesday, July 12, 2006

azalea caterpillar

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Blogger Annie in Austin said...

That's a pretty creepy photo, Amy. I've never heard of azalea caterpillars, so had to google them, and found out that at least they don't bite or sting people. Are you combatting them, or just ignoring them?

Azaleas don't grow easily in Austin - our ground is too alkaline. Some people dig out all the soil and replace it, then periodically feed with acidic fertilizers, add vinegar to the water, etc. I think Zilker Park must do something like that to grow their azalea border.

2:46 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

I haven't done anything about it yet.
I think I probably should though.
Right now they are just on a sad looking azalea that I will probably remove anyways. I guess they will probably move on to the good azaleas though.

Funny the differences between places even in the same zone.

I started to wonder why we have acidic soil and I found this page:

Soil pH and Salinity
Guess its all the rain and humidity.

3:33 PM  
Blogger r sorrell said...

Those things are gross looking. Annie's right- azeleas won't grow here. We tried growing some in planters with amended soil, and they STILL wouldn't grow. The park she refers to (Zilker) has the most amazing display of azeleas in the spring... I'm curious as to how they do it.

10:38 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

Mobile's nickname is "Azalea City."
They are pretty much in everyone's a landscape plant.
It ought be be called "bug city" too...we have enough of them here.

I looked up azaleas in Zilker Park
and found this picture:

1:39 PM  

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