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<p>Yes, you can grow azaleas using peat-free compost. Azaleas are acid-loving plants, and they thrive in well-draining, slightly acidic soil. Peat-free composts, which are made from alternative organic materials, can provide suitable growing conditions for azaleas.</p>
<p>When using peat-free compost, it's important to ensure that it is formulated for acid-loving plants or ericaceous plants. These composts are specifically designed to mimic the acidic conditions that azaleas prefer. They usually contain materials such as composted pine bark, coir (coconut fiber), and other organic matter.</p>
<p>Before planting your azaleas in peat-free compost, you can further enhance the acidity of the soil by adding amendments such as pine needles, leaf mold, or sulfur. These amendments can help maintain the optimal pH level for azalea growth.</p>
<p>Remember to provide proper care for your azaleas, including regular watering, mulching, and providing shade or protection from extreme weather conditions. With the right care and suitable peat-free compost, your azaleas should thrive while reducing your peat usage.</p>
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Original Post by Effie

Can I grow azaleas using peat free compost? I am trying to cut down on peat use.

<p>Can I grow azaleas using peat free compost? I am trying to cut down on peat use, but have a few azaleas to plant.</p>

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