Is my Azalea confused?

sirach411(Central TX 8)July 14, 2008

There is a bloom on one of my azaleas.....my hubby planted them when we moved in (September), they were full of blooms which of course faded. I thought they only bloomed in the Spring? I do not think this is the Encore variety and even if it is...isn't it to hot out? Should I feed it or just let it be? I hear Azaleas are picky and I have had a beautiful one die before :-( (not here in Texas, we lived in another state). thanks for any help you can give.

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luis_pr(7b/8a)

Some azalea varieties other than Encores will be tricked by Mother Nature into reblooming but nothing huge to speak about. Cooling/rainy weather as you have had in Central Texas can trigger this. I usually see this in September, though not every year of course.

    Bookmark   July 15, 2008 at 3:08AM
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sirach411(Central TX 8)

Thanks!

    Bookmark   July 15, 2008 at 11:14AM
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sirach411(Central TX 8)

When I got up this morning there were even more blooms emerging. Since I keep all of the tags for my plants I decided to look for the azalea....turns out they are Encore :-). I panicked for nothing. Thanks anyway for your help.

    Bookmark   July 18, 2008 at 3:00PM
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luis_pr(7b/8a)

Well then, enjoy! :o)

Mine are not doing anything yet... :o(

    Bookmark   July 18, 2008 at 8:44PM
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sirach411(Central TX 8)

Bought some "azelea food" from my local nursery. It has cottonseed meal (of which I just recently learned of all the great benefits)and all sorts of goodies in it. The leaves seem to be really droopy now but thats probably because of all the heat here in Central Texas. I think I will add more mulch after the food....

Vannette
who is fairly new to gardening and would hate to loose her precious azealeas....

    Bookmark   July 19, 2008 at 10:57AM
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morz8(Washington Coast Z8b)

Vanette, go easy on the fertilizing - if grown in soil with the right ph/acidity, azaleas often have little need for supplemental 'feeding'. Their nutritional requirements are somewhat low compared to many shrubs.

New growth (which can happen in response to fertilizer) can be stressed by summer heat, which you had already guessed.

    Bookmark   July 19, 2008 at 1:25PM
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sirach411(Central TX 8)

:-) thanks morz8

    Bookmark   July 19, 2008 at 10:02PM
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