Experts and BHG readers answer.
How much sun/shade does an azalea need?
Azaleas sold by florists and other retailers as gift plants require well-drained, acidic soil (around pH 5.5-6.0) and partial shade. Although well-drained soil is a must, they appreciate good moisture-keep them from drying out, especially in times of drought. Most florist azaleas are hardy in Zones 7-10. Gardeners who live outside that range will need to treat the plants as annuals or short-lived gift plants.