Wednesday, September 16th, 2009...5:16 am

Autumn is ideal for Encore Azalea planting

Encore by Carol (Nona)

Encore by Carol (Nona)

The following is an update from Encore® Azalea.

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 Encore Azalea planting, too?

Planting Encore Azaleas 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.

When planting Encore Azaleas, remember that Encore Azaleas tolerate more sunlight than traditional azaleas.

Unlike traditional azaleas, Encore Azaleas perform best in sun to partial shade, preferably afternoon shade. Encore Azaleas must receive 4-6 hours of direct sunlight per day for optimal blooms.

Encore Azaleas will also tolerate full sun, but care must be taken to prevent damage from exposure to drought or other heat-related conditions. To find a retailer near you, please visit www.EncoreAzalea.com.

Happy gardening,

From your friends at Encore® Azalea

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