Monday, 1 September 2014

Azalea

Flower of the Month - September 2014



Azaleas are perhaps one of the most loved shrubs found in our gardens because of their amazingly bright, clear colours and long flowering period.

A semi-shaded position with morning sun is the ideal spot for them, they work fantastically well in pots too. They require acidic soil with good drainage. The roots are shallow, however over watering generally kills more Azaleas then anything else!

A light mulch, with feeding to commence in August/September and continued through to January (or until next year's flower buds have set) with a commercially prepared Azalea feed is required.

'Confidor' tabs inserted under the surface of the soil will protect them from Azalea Lace Bug, Red Spider and Thrips and these will last for around 6 months.

The new spring growth on Azaleas can be pruned to maintain a compact shape. Azaleas have spring
and summer foliage. Spring leaves appear at flowering time on the new growth. They are thinner and larger than summer leaves and short lived. These leaves fall in autumn, often turning orange, crimson or yellow - this is quite normal and should not cause concern. The summer leaves remain on the plant towards the top of the branches and are set closely together.

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