Potted azalea plants are usually purchased at Easter when they are a mass of buds and flowers. The garment of color is retained for weeks if the plant is kept constantly moist. Generous watering is necessary, and it should be supplied from the bottom. After flowering, the plant should continue to receive water, and in June it may be plunged in the garden where it is watered every day. Keep after red spiders which will work havoc unless constantly washed off the leaves-leaves which are most essential while buds are forming. In September the azalea is returned to the house and placed in a sunny window. Here, according to species or variety, it will come into flower from Thanksgiving to March.
While many azaleas serve admirably as house plants, perhaps the most satisfactory are the Kurume hybrids. They are small in stature and the flowers literally blanket the plant. The color spectrum ranges from pure white through all shades of pink to cerise, and some of the hybrids have flowers, which are lined and flaked. As garden plants they eventually reach a height of 5 feet; as pot plants they bloom when only 8 to 10 inches tall. Contact us today!
Azalea Plants in Florida
‘Gibraltar’ = good vivid orange, typically 5′ tall, blooms in mid season
‘Hazel Hamilton’ = good yellow, typically 3′ tall, blooms early in season
‘My Mary’ = good fragrant brilliant yellow, typically 4′ tall, blooms early in season
R. alabamense (Alabama Azalea)= fragrant white with yellow blotch, species native to Florida, 4′
R. arborescens (Sweet Azalea) = fragrant white, typically 5′ tall, blooms very late in season
R. atlanticum (Coastal Azalea) = fragrant white or pink, typically 3′ tall
R. austrinum (Florida Azalea) = fragrant yellow or orange, typically 5′ tall, native to NW Florida
R. calendulaceum (Flame Azalea) = orange, red or yellow, typically 5′ tall, blooms late in season
R. canescens (Florida Pinxter) = fragrant pink, typically 5′ tall, native to Florida
R. flammeum (Oconee Azalea) = orange, typically 3′ tall
R. periclymenoides or nudiflorum (Honeysuckle Azalea) = fragrant pink, typically 5′ tall
R. prunifolium (Plum Leaf Azalea)= orange or red, typically 4′ tall, blooms very late in season
R. vaseyi (Swamp Azalea) = pink, typically 4′ tall, blooms early to mid season.