Autumn Ivory Encore Azalea Shrubs for Sale Online
Autumn Ivory Encore Azalea or Rhododendron hybrid 'Roblev' is a beautiful, low-growing evergreen shrub that produces numerous white blossoms from spring to fall. It is one of the smaller azalea varieties making it an excellent choice for planters on your deck or patio as well as in your garden. In order to ensure it reaches its full bloom potential, plant your Autumn Ivory Encore Azalea Shrub in a sunny spot in your landscape where it receives at least 4 hours of sunlight.
Autumn Ivory Encore Azalea Shrubs are repeat bloomers that have huge white flowers and oval-shaped evergreen leaves. The foliage is a deep lustrous green that keeps its color all winter long even in the coldest and harshest conditions. Autumn Ivory Encore Azalea is one of the smaller azalea varieties so it does well in planters for your patio or planted in your garden as an accent piece.
|Mature Height:||2.5 to 3 Feet|
|Mature Width:||2.5 to 3 Feet|
|Classification:||Upright, broad leaved evergreen shrub|
|Sunlight:||Part shade to filtered sun|
|Pruning Season:||Pruning not needed|
|Soil Condition:||Any well drained soil|
|Water Requirements:||Water well until established|
|Uses:||Extremely attractive when used as in the mixed border, or containers|
How to Care for Autumn Ivory Encore Azalea
After purchasing your Autumn Ivory Encore Azalea be sure to read our recommended care instructions to ensure a healthy and happy plant for years to come!
What is the Right Sun Exposure for My Ivory Encore Azaleas?
Ivory Azaleas bloom in the spring and again in the fall, but having the proper sun exposure for your azaleas will ensure that all of their bloom cycles are full and spectacular. While they can handle full sun and will be OK in partial shade, making sure they get about 4 to 6 hours of sun will help encourage those iconic fluffy fuchsia blossoms multiple times in the year. That means they are in morning light on a north-facing wall or in the filtered shade on a south or west-facing garden would work. East-facing landscapes will often provide the softest balance of light, depending on where you live.
When Should I Fertilize My Autumn Ivory Azalea Shrub?
Autumn Ivory Azaleas bloom multiple times throughout the year, so you want to make sure and fertilize at optimal times to feed your azalea right when it needs it and no more. We recommend fertilizing either at the first signs of spring or right after the spring cycle of blooms is complete. It's better to fertilize earlier in the year than later, even though the Majesty Azaleas will bloom again for you in the fall since they are sensitive when it comes to fertilizer. They like their soil to have some acidity, and they benefit from fertilizers that provide just the right balance of nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium. Espoma Flower-tone is a go-to for bloomers like Majesty Azaleas.
How Do I Water Autumn Ivory Encore Azalea Shrubs?
Encore Azaleas prefer a well-hydrated environment, but they cannot sit in water for long periods. Water that does not drain away will cause root rot. Depending on how quickly or slowly your soil drains water will determine how frequently you should water your Encore Autumn Majesty Azalea, as well as sun exposure and seasonal heat. When you first plant your azalea, give the ground a long, healthy watering. Then, for the next few days, check the soil daily to see how quickly or slowly it begins to feel dry. When the top inch of the soil (about the length to your first knuckle) is dry to the touch, then water for a 5-second count for each gallon-size your plant arrived. A 3-gallon pot will need a 15-second count when watering, etc. This way you can keep your azalea happy and avoid the risks of overwatering.
How Do I Plant My Azalea Shrub?
Autumn Ivory Azaleas prefer to stay moist but must have well-draining soil. We highly recommend that you amend your soil before planting your Autumn Majesties to make sure they become established successfully and thrive. Clay soils are too dense and the roots will not breathe and grow. First, dig a hole twice as wide and the same depth as the root ball. Then, amend the soil in the bottom of the hole to be an even mix of native soil and organic material, such as peat moss, pine bark, or compost material. Position your azalea in the hole so that it is not too deep (the potting mix it arrived in should be slightly visible when done), and backfill the hole with the same 50/50 mix. Pat gently when finished, layer with organic mulch and water thoroughly.
History and introduction of Encore Azaleas:
Invented by plant breeder Robert E. "Buddy" Lee of Independence, La., the evergreen Encore® Azaleas enjoy more sun than traditional azaleas, but offer the same easy care. Lee first envisioned Encore Azaleas in the early 1980's when he found a tray of azalea cuttings blooming in the summer sun at his small Louisiana azalea nursery. Inspired, he began crossing traditional spring-blooming azaleas with the rare Taiwanese summer-blooming azalea, Rhododendron oldhamii. Robert E. “Buddy” Lee is the Director of Plant Innovations at Plant Development Services, Inc. Buddy is one of the most respected plant breeders and horticulturists in North America, with over 30 years’ experience in nursery management, breeding, propagation and new plant development. Buddy is one of the most respected plant breeders and horticulturalists in North America, with over 30 years’ experience in nursery management, breeding, propagation and new plant development. He is active in numerous organizations, including the Azalea Society of America, the International Plant Propagators Society, and the Louisiana Nursery and Landscape Association. In 2000, the Louisiana Nursery and Landscape Association recognized Buddy Lee’s significant contribution to the industry by presenting him with a Professional Achievement Award; and in 2007, the Azalea Society of America awarded him the Society’s Distinguished Service Award.