Gardeners know fall is a great time of year to plant trees, shrubs, and flowering bulbs, but did you know autumn is an ideal time for azalea planting, too?
Encore Azalea is the only patented brand of azalea that blooms three times a year — spring, summer, and fall with 24 color varieties available. Planting them in the garden before winter’s frost gives gardeners double benefits. First, you’ll enjoy their vibrant blooms until first frost and then Encore Azaleas will enjoy a period of dormancy to become established before next spring’s arrival.
Even after the fall blooms fade away on Encore Azaleas, the evergreen foliage provides a beautiful backdrop for the winter garden with lush, year-round hues of green. During the dormant period, the branches may stop growing; but underneath the soil, the roots are developing a healthy support system — fortifying the Encore Azalea to produce beautiful new growth the following spring.
Continuing Blooms. Continuous Color.
Encore Azaleas bloom in spring like traditional azaleas. Once the spring blooming concludes, new shoots begin to grow and set buds. Then blooms emerge again in mid-summer and continue in many areas until first frost. Developed by plant breeder, Robert E. “Buddy” Lee, the multi-bloomers are the product of crossing spring-blooming azaleas with a rare Taiwanese summer-blooming azalea.
Encore Azaleas are recommended for zones 7 to 10 and are especially cold and heat hardy with a higher resistance to disease and pests than traditional azaleas. University cold-hardiness trials also suggest that some varieties of Encore Azalea are suitable for zones 6b and 6a.
How to Plant Encore Azaleas
Choose a location for planting that receives full sun to light, filtered shade, preferably afternoon shade. A minimum of 4 to 6 hours of direct sunlight per day is necessary for proper blooms. Select an area with good drainage, and since azaleas are acid-loving plants, having a soil sample tested is a good idea. For each azalea plant, turn the soil good and dig a hole twice as wide as it is deep. Mix some organic compost or peat moss with the soil. Remove the Encore Azalea from its container and carefully but firmly loosen the root ball. Set the plant into the prepared hole with the top of the root ball above the soil. Pull the soil around the plant, water thoroughly, and cover with mulch. A care and planting video is available at http://www.encoreazalea.com/carevideo.
Water frequently enough to keep the roots from becoming dry after planting. Cover young azaleas with insulated covering when extreme cold weather approaches. As your Encore Azalea matures, it will need less winter care. For information on fertilizing, pruning, spacing, and simple care instructions, visit encoreazalea.com.