Azaleas may be known for their short blooming season, but not the Autumn Amethyst™ Encore® Azalea. This three-season stunner sprouts its pink-purple blooms from spring through fall! And it continues to add unique color in winter, when its foliage takes on a purple hue, as well.
Plant the Autumn Amethyst™ Encore® Azalea among other varieties to diversify your landscape, or place it near other Azaleas to create a hedge or row. This Azalea is pretty compact, so it can easily fit into most spaces. Plus, it maintains its naturally circular shape without pruning for easy upkeep. Caring for your Autumn Amethyst™ Encore® Azalea is simple because it’s disease-resistant and tolerant of periods of extreme weather. It’s simply an all-around stellar selection!
Spring and fall are ideal times to plant Azaleas when conditions in your area aren’t too cold or too hot. However, if you avoid freezing and extremely hot temperatures, you can plant any time of the year. Unlike other Azaleas, this one does well in both partial and full sun.
Before planting, be sure to test your soil to determine if it’s acidic – the type of soil Azaleas prefer. If you have alkaline soil, you should modify it before planting Azaleas by adding fertilizer, compost, or sulfur. When you’re ready to plant, dig a hole that’s three times as wide and just as deep as the shrub’s root ball. Remove the plant from the container and loosen the roots with your fingers so that they spread out once planted, and then, place your shrub. Backfill the soil and water lightly as you do this to remove air pockets. If you plan to plant several Azaleas near each other to create a hedge, be sure to space them at least three feet apart; if you want them to have some space between them, give them five feet.
We recommend watering twice to three times weekly in the first growing season. During the hotter times of the year, plan to water every other day, depending on the weather. Once plants are established, they will need less frequent watering.
To maintain your Azalea, be sure to fertilize it annually in the spring. Follow label instructions closely, as the application will vary by manufacturer.
You don’t have to prune your Azalea, though many gardeners choose to do so after the bush is finished blooming to ensure it grows fuller and is renewed.
|Mature Height:||3-4 ft|
|Mature Width:||3-4 ft|
|Sunlight:||Full to Partial Shade|
|Grows Well in Zones:||6-10|
|Your Growing Zone:||6|