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Water Azaleas with Pickle Juice

My azalea bushes are 20 years old. Several years ago, I pruned them back severely, because they were getting very leggy and sparse. This spring they did not bloom for the first time in years. I found that they enjoyed an acid soil. Instead of mixing up pickling vinegar (which is the best), I use the juice from a pickle jar any other jars that have vinegar in them. After I have eaten all of the pickles, instead of pouring the juice down the drain when the jar is empty. I pour it over my Azalea plants. They do seem to love it and are thriving.

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By xintexas from San Antonio, TX

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August 9, 20100 found this helpful

I'd be careful with this because the salt in most pickles can eventually kill plants.

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May 26, 20130 found this helpful

Not in my case. I water the bushes right after I pour the pickle juice on them and that dilutes it quite a bit. You do know that all soil contains salt naturally anyway.

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February 15, 20160 found this helpful

Thank you for taking the time to write this!! We just bought some from Rainbow Gardens yesterday. then I find that the soil is NOT like East Texas, and I was becoming overwhelmed and depressed with all I was reading. This helped immensely!!

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