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I think Morning Sun is quite bad for azaleas. What water are you watering it with? Is it from the tap?
Azaleas like to be watered with rain water. Tap water is too hard.
Hi philip, I find that azaleas often take quite a bit of time to settle in. mine took around two years before it looked settled and healthy. mine also sounded just as you described but it's fine now. Suggest good watering, but not over watering, and perhaps a gentle feed with specialist azalea feed. They are one of the few plants I use specialist feed on. Hope yours recovers.
I was going to say that now is a good time to give them a specialised Azalea feed
They can cope with their heads in the sun if their feet are happy. Get the soil healthy and ensure it has enough moisture and it should recover. I think lots of plants/shrubs may have suffered with the extremes of weather in the last year - very hot summer and very wet winter. If you think there might be an issue with a pest/disease, you could put a pic on and we can hopefully offer further advice.
Azaleas need an acid soil. Is it in acid soil Phillip? Just adding "azalea compost" to the soil is not enough. Dont worry about pruning either. Also many deciduous azaleas are woody looking right now and their leaves often a reddish brown.
I grow azaleas and dwarf Rhodos in pots in full sun....it's the soil that counts mostly.