How to Plant Encore Azaleas

Overview

Encore Azaleas are a type of shrub producing blooms during fall, spring and summer. Developed in 1980s, the original colors of Encore azaleas included pink, orange and lavender. In 2010, more than 14 different cultivators of Encore azaleas are on the market. Encore azaleas grow to 3 to 5 feet tall and wide. They provide continuous color to home gardens, making them a beautiful alternative to other types of azaleas with shorter bloom periods.

Step 1

Inspect the roots of the plant and select an azalea with a strong root system.

Step 2

Locate a spot in your garden that gets four to six hours of sunlight a day. Note that Encore azaleas require more sunlight than other types of azaleas, which prefer partial to full shade.

Step 3

Remove the azalea from its container. Using your fingers, garden shovel or a screwdriver, gently poke holes in the bottom of the root to help loosen the roots.

Step 4

Dig a hole that is two to three times wider than the roots. Allow for the top 1 inch of the root ball to appear above the soil's surface.

Step 5

Fill the hole with a 2-inch layer of well-drained soil mixture. Place the azalea in the hole, and fill with the remaining soil.

Step 6

Add 1 inch of water to each azalea shrub.

Step 7

Spread a 2- to 3-inch layer of mulch around the plant. Mulch will help the plant maintain water levels and protect the azaleas during extreme temperature changes.

Tips and Warnings

  • Fertilizing just after planting may cause damage to new or developing roots. This danger passes as the plants mature. Over-fertilizing may cause injury to the azalea. As a precaution, rinse off any excess fertilizer from azalea foliage and blooms after fertilizing the soil.

Things You'll Need

  • Soil
  • Fertilizer
  • Garden shovel
  • Water

References

  • Clemson University Extension Service: Azalea Planting
  • The University of Georgia Cooperative Extension: Selecting and Growing Azaleas
  • Texas AgriLife Extension Service: East Texas Gardening

Who Can Help

  • Encore Azalea: Alphabetical Listing of Encore Azaleas
  • University of Tennessee Agriculture Extension Service: Encore Azaleas Autumn Series
  • National Gardening Association: Encore Azaleas
  • University of Missouri Extension Service: Growing Azaleas and Rhododendrons
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Brandii Lacey began writing in 1997 at "The Mountain Times" in Boone, N.C. Her articles appear on Trails.com, GardenGuides and eHow Home & Garden. She provides travel and lifestyle content for LIVESTRONG.COM. Lacey is the senior plays editor and on the nonfiction editorial team for "Mused Literary Review" magazine. She holds a Bachelor of Science in communications from Appalachian State University.