Images Depict Mature Plants
Autumn Lilac Encore Azalea for Sale Online
Autumn Lilac Encore Azalea shrubs produce brilliant lavender blooms accented with darker purple freckles. Their flowers are complemented by bright green foliage. They bloom in the spring, summer, and again in the fall!
Autumn Lilac Azalea's long blooming period makes them great foundation shrubs or accents around your landscape. They can also be planted in large pots, in a mixed container, or as a standalone plant. This azalea thrives best in part shade or filtered sunlight and well-draining soils. They require a strict watering schedule while being established.
|Mature Height:||3 feet|
|Mature Width:||3.5 feet|
|Classification:||Dwarf, broad leaved evergreen shrub|
|Sunlight:||Part shade to filtered sun|
|Flower Color:||Lavender blooms|
|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 Lilac® Encore® Azalea
Be sure to read our planting instructions to ensure a healthy and happy plant for years to come!
How do I water Autumn Lilac Encore Azalea?
After back filling and lightly compacting the 50/50 mix of existing soil and compost give the Autumn Lilac Encore Azalea a good deep watering. This is not to be rushed. Most of the water you put on the plant at first will run away from the plant until the soil is soaked. A general rule of thumb is to count to 5 for every one gallon of pot size. For example a one gallon pot would be watered until you count to 5 a three gallon pot would be 15 and so on. Check the plant daily for the first week or so and then every other day there after. Water using the counting method for the first few weeks. You’ll want to water the bushes regularly after planting until they’ve been well established. We like to tell folks that when watering Azalea's or any plant for that matter its best not to water the foliage of the plant. Water at the base of the plant near the soil line only. Gator bag Jr. can be used to help aid in this process and also provide plants with a good soaking due to the slow release of the water into the root-zone of the plant. Soaker Hoses can also be used to water when planting a long hedge.
How do I fertilize Autumn Lilac Encore Azalea?
Autumn Lilac Encore Azalea Shrubs grow best if they are fertilized once in the spring. Autumn Lilac Encore Azalea Shrubs favors nutrient rich soil and ample fertilization. When selecting a fertilizer for your Autumn Lilac Encore Azalea Shrubs, use a balanced fertilizer blended specifically for shrubs such as Espoma Holly Tone for example its also a good idea to acidify the soil using Espoma soil acidifier once a year to maintain a "sour" environment for your azaleas. See "Using coffee grounds with your Azaleas" further down this page. Our ideal fertilizer schedule for azaleas is to apply an early spring fertilizer with a product such as Espoma Tree-tone or Plant-tone at the recommended rate this will give the plant a boost of nitrogen that will be needed for healthy abundant foliage. Follow this up with a early summer application of Espoma Holly-Tone, this will provide the necessary nutrients and raise the acid level in the soil which Azaleas favor. Espoma products are easy to use, just sprinkle around the base of the plant and water it in. Be careful with products such as miracle-grow as these products can burn newly planted plants when not used at the recommended rates. Slow-release fertilizer can help prevent rapid sucker growth that is vulnerable to diseases and insects. Either chemical fertilizers or organic matter can be used successfully.
How do I mulch Autumn Lilac Encore Azalea?
We highly recommend that you mulch your Autumn Lilac Encore Azalea Shrubs with either a ground hardwood mulch or a ground cypress mulch depending on your local availability. Any type of mulch will do but cypress or hardwood mulch will be of a higher quality and provide better nutrition overall as they breakdown. Mulching helps to keep weeds away which will compete with your new investment for water and nutrients. A 2 to 3 inch layer of mulch is sufficient but remember to take care not to cover any part of the stem of the plant with mulch. Its better to leave a one inch gap of space between the mulch and the stem or trunk of the plant. This is also a plant that will respond well to mulching with pine Needles (if available in your area). This will help maintain the acidic condition that azaleas thrive in.
How do I prune Autumn Lilac Encore Azalea?
The best time when to trim azaleas is after the blossoms have faded but before the new blossom buds have started. The next year’s blossoms typically start forming at the beginning of July, so you must prune an azalea bush before then. If you prune azaleas after the beginning of July, you may not get any flowers on the bush next year. In general gardening terms, pruning is probably the most misunderstood gardening chore, and certainly, the chore that is most likely neglected. When we specifically look at pruning with regards to roses, this misunderstanding and negligence can be magnified. Pruning has been described as a “combination of art and science.” I personally find pruning to be one of the most relaxing yet rewarding chores in the garden. Pruning a specific plant to look a specific way, involves art in creating a unique definition for a specific plant, and it involves science in understanding the physical growing habits of the plant to be pruned. The most important reason for pruning Azaleas is to improve the overall health of the plant which in turn will reward you with a flush of new growth. Removing the dead and dying limbs will minimize the possibility of diseases such as “die back” and will also allow the plant to re-concentrate its energies and produce many more foliage. Another reason for pruning Autumn Lilac Encore Azalea Shrubs is to re-define the plant’s definition within the landscape. Many times, a plant may outgrow its intended size in the landscape, and must be pruned to re-define its purpose. Pruning should always be associated with re-invigorating a plant by allowing it to focus its energies on producing more vigorous branches, foliage, and flowers. It is important to always use sharp tools when pruning azaleas or any plant for that matter. Knives, hand cutters, saws, and shears should be sharpened if necessary before pruning any roses. A sharp cut will heal quicker than a jagged cut, which will also minimize the likelihood of disease investing a cut during pruning. It is generally recommended to not use power equipment such as gas hedgers to prune azaleas or any plant in my opinion.