3 Essential Tips for Encore Azaleas to Weather a Winter Storm

Cold protection

Follow these essential cold protection tips for your Encore Azaleas to keep them healthy until spring: 

1. Water Well:

Before freezing temperatures occur, make sure the soil around your plants has plenty of residual moisture. 
If rainfall has been scarce during the fall, deeply water landscape plants every week or 10 days until the first hard freeze. 
Note: in normal rainfall, your Encore Azaleas should have sufficient moisture to cope with winter.

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 retaining moisture as 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 heavy snowfall or icing is predicted, 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.

For more winter care tips, watch our Encore Azalea Winter Care video.

To browse the full Encore Azalea collection, click here.

Encore Azalea is the best azalea you'll ever plant. Encore Azaleas are the world's best-selling re-blooming azalea with rich, colorful blooms in spring, summer and fall. Encore Azaleas have 30 varieties of bloom colors and sizes to choose from and thrive equally well in high filtered shade or sunny locations - unlike any other azalea in the world. Find a retailer near you at www.encoreazalea.com.