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All-year flowers - azalea

Posted by vetivert8 NI-NZ zone 9a (My Page) on
Wed, Feb 22, 06 at 0:42

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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RE: All-year flowers - azalea

  • Posted by bboy z8 WA USA (My Page) on
    Sat, Mar 18, 06 at 3:31

No names on the label?

Vireyas bloom in flushes, too.

RE: All-year flowers - azalea

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.

RE: All-year flowers - azalea

Maybe Encore Azaleas??

RE: All-year flowers - azalea

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.

RE: All-year flowers - azalea

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.


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