Follow these essential cold protection tips for your Encore Azaleas to keep them healthy until spring:
1. Reduce Water:
Alter your watering schedule to help Encore Azaleas “harden off.” About a month before first frost, decrease the amount of water given to your plants. After a few hard freezes, increase the amount of water to add moisture to the plants and the surrounding ground. This process helps your plants harden off and go dormant as the initial decrease in water moderates the drop in temperature and then provides needed moisture when the ground is frozen.
2. Add Mulch:
Add mulch to protect the roots. Mulch can be applied anytime, although it’s good to add about 4 inches of mulch in fall to protect the roots from first frost. Mulch keeps Encore Azalea’s shallow roots safe from the outside environment while providing some moisture as the watering schedule decreases and the temperatures drop. To learn how to make your own mulch and compost, click here.
3. Cover or Drape:
Drape material to protect plants from severe weather. When the temperature suddenly drops and maintains 25 degrees or below, provide additional protection by driving stakes into the ground around the plants and draping material over the stakes. Choose burlap or any cloth material so the azalea receives air flow. Be sure the cover does not have direct contact with the plants as this can injure the foliage. Cover is especially beneficial for new azaleas or azaleas that were recently transplanted and have not had enough time to establish a strong root system.
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