A truly remarkable dwarf Azalea, cloaked in velvety 2½-inch bicolored blooms in spring, summer and fall. This lovely plant also boasts glossy green foliage that intensifies into an attractive purple bronze hue during winter for year-round beauty. Compact growth means little pruning is required to maintain this easy-care evergreen.
How to Plant Encore® Azaleas - In this video I show how to plant Encore® Azaleas.
The Ideal Planting Environment Provides 4-6 Hours Of Direct Sunlight, With Some Shade During The Afternoon Heat. Mulching Encore Azaleas with pine straw or another preferred mulch conserves soil moisture and lessens soil temperature fluctuations in the root zone. This keeps roots cooler during the summer months.
Do not fertilize Encore®Azaleas during the summer months. Fertilization after flowering is complete in the spring is recommended. Avoid severe pruning in the summer months. This will also stress the plants by stimulating too much new foliage growth. Any pruning that is done should only include light tip pruning.
You will recognize summer heat stress in Encore Azaleas by withering flowers or flower buds (those that are setting for the fall), drooping leaves, loss of green foliage color (bluish-gray color), diminished root growth and increased attractiveness to insects.