All-year flowers - azalea

vetivert8(NI-NZ zone 9a)February 22, 2006

I recently bought an azalea whose label indicated that I could expect flowers at any time of the year. True to label it's in full flower at the moment (late summer). They're a strong pink, semi-double and frilled. Large, on a small plant that looks like a recent cutting. Well-rooted.

The flowers turn to mush in the rain. The plant does well with morning sun and afternoon shade. It's happy in moderate temperatures (18-25+C). I suspect it will not be so happy with frost, though the label said it could be planted out. It's living in a smallish bonsai tray at present so the root ball doesn't get excessively wet with watering.

It looks like an indica but I'd be pleased to know more about this particular strain, if anyone can help. The label was fairly light on useful information...

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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

No names on the label?

Vireyas bloom in flushes, too.

    Bookmark   March 18, 2006 at 3:31AM
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vetivert8(NI-NZ zone 9a)

Definitely not a vireya - at least, not the kinds usually offered in our area.

And the label was generic rather than detailed.

I'm still thinking 'indica' but I'm wondering if it is similar to the azaleas I've seen flowering in Queensland...

More clues would be welcome, thanks.

    Bookmark   March 21, 2006 at 4:39AM
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Maybe Encore Azaleas??

    Bookmark   March 21, 2006 at 1:53PM
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vetivert8(NI-NZ zone 9a)

garden graphic gal - EUREKA!!! (Sorry for shouting but I'm so pleased to have found out!)

That's it - and I think my one is Autumn Carnation.

Thanks everyone, for sticking with this.

    Bookmark   March 21, 2006 at 8:45PM
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I bought 2 Autumn Carnation at a sale in Dec. I love everything about this one: the foliage is deep-dark green and the flowers a profuse and double and to say they are PINK is probably a little subtle.


    Bookmark   March 26, 2006 at 9:23AM
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