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Perhaps a very first bloom this year?

Posted by jon_z6b (My Page) on
Sat, Feb 12, 11 at 9:58

I do mean very first as in first bloom ever from an azalea seedling for me. Third growing season- which isn't bad.

This was the plant in summer.

Another seedling from that batch.

..and this years seedlings currently. It's hard to see it but the one on the right has glossy foliage!

I all but gave up on evergreen azaleas because I would like to be alive to see them bloom. Can anyone recommend any good seed parents in this reguard?

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RE: Perhaps a very first bloom this year?

  • Posted by botann z8 SEof Seattle (My Page) on
    Mon, Feb 14, 11 at 8:32

Collect seeds from really nice blooming deciduous Azaleas and put the seeds in trays. Grow them up to blooming size and select from there. That's what I did. Fall color and mildew resistance are two other factors to consider when selecting.

Looks like you're going to have a bloom this year!

You mention you gave up on starting evergreen Azaleas from seed because you want to be alive when they bloom. Did you know they start rather easy from cuttings and bloom almost right away? If you don't remove the buds, even cuttings will bloom. I usually remove the buds though, because they root easier.

Deciduous Azaleas

Here is a link that might be useful: My garden.....and travels.

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