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Plant of the Week: Encore Azaleas

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Plant of the Week: Encore Azaleas

Encore Azaleas are the best re-blooming azaleas on the market today. They add color and charm to any landscape. They come in hues of purple, pink, white, red and orange. If you haven’t yet incorporated any Encores into your garden, this is the year to try them!

Plant Characteristics:

Encore azaleas are evergreen shrubs that will bloom in spring, fall, and summer. This in contrary to many cultivars or standard azaleas that will only bloom once a year. They will vary in size from 2-3 feet tall and wide up to 4-5 feet tall and wide. They are all non-toxic to your family pet.

Plant Care:

The main principle to note about Encore azaleas is planting time. The BEST time to plant them is in the fall. They will transplant more easily and stress the plants less giving you a higher success rate when planting.

For this reason, Louisiana Nursery gets the majority of our stock to come in early fall. We want you to be successful in your garden!! Care for these azaleas is like any other. Prune lightly after each bloom cycle is over and fertilize with an acid-incorporating fertilizer like Fertilome Azalea, Camellia, and Rhododendron Food. You can also use a product like Iron Plus which will add acid to the soil. They enjoy full sun but can also take light shade. When you initially plant your new Encore azaleas, water them regularly until they are established. This will take about a month.

Uses:

Use Encore Azaleas wherever you have a bright sunny location in the garden. They make beautiful hedge screens with bursts of color to compliment any annuals you place in front of them. The smaller varieties can even be used as a centerpiece in a pot display, blooming season after season. Use Encore azaleas to soften hard lines on the corners of the home or any area you may have hard lines.

Planting Encore Azaleas now is the key to being successful with these wonderful plants. They were locally developed here in Louisiana, derived from Indicas and Kurume azaleas so, as a bonus, you are helping our local economy as well. Every year I see new varieties come through the nursery, making this an exciting plant to explore each year. Try some of these local beauties in your garden this fall!!!

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