The cooler temperatures of fall have arrived and it is a great time to plant Encore Azaleas. The milder autumn weather allows the newly planted azaleas to establish themselves more easily in the soil.
Here are 3 Easy Tips for Successful Encore Azalea planting:
1. Always remember that azaleas thrive in slightly acidic, well drained soil that contains high amounts of decomposed organic material.
2. Avoid heavy pruning and/or applying of fertilizer to azaleas in the fall; this may force the plant into new growth before frost approaches.
*This tender new growth could get damaged when temperatures drop to below freezing.
3. Mulch the newly planted Encore® Azaleas with three inches or less of pine bark nuggets or pine needles.
*Mulch will help maintain soil moisture, help control weeds and help protect the azalea roots during temperature extremes.
The azaleas shown above are located at the LSU Hammond Research Station in Louisiana. They are planted in raised beds and mulched with pine needles.
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