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Autumn Starburst Encore Azalea for Sale Online
The Autumn Starburst is a new bi-color introduction from Encore Azaleas for 2021. True to their name, these single form blooms look like candy - you can enjoy a whole bouquet of floral Starburst treats in the spring and again in the fall.
Each of the coral petals is framed in wide white stripes on either edge of the petal. The look is dynamic, exciting, and reminiscent of our beloved Autumn Twist Azaleas. Brighten your garden in the new year with sweet pops of white and coral against evergreen leaves.
|Mature Height:||3 to 4 Feet|
|Mature Width:||2 to 3 Feet|
|Sunlight:||Full sun to partial shade, filtered morning light is best|
|Habit:||Compact, rounded, repeat bloomer|
|Flower Color:||Coral center with wide white edges on each petal|
|Pruning Season:||Immediately after spring flowering, very little needed|
|Soil Condition:||Very well draining soil|
|Water Requirements:||Even moisture, do not let them dry out|
|Uses:||Flower beds, borders, wind buffers, container gardens, ornamentals|
How to Care for Autumn Starburst® Encore® Azalea
Be sure to read our planting instructions to ensure a healthy and happy plant for years to come!
How do I plant my Autumn Starburst Encore Azalea Shrubs?
Autumn Starburst Azaleas, like their Encore Azalea family, prefer to stay moist but must have well draining soil. This is why 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 be able to breathe and grow. First, dig a hole that is 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 a 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.
How do I water Autumn Starburst Encore Azalea Shrubs?
Encore Azaleas prefer a well hydrated environment, but they cannot sit in water for long periods of time. 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 Starburst 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) are fairly dry to the touch, then water for a 5 second count for each gallon size your plant arrived in. 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.
When should I fertilize Autumn Starburst Azalea Shrubs?
Autumn Starburst Azaleas bloom multiple times throughout the year, so you want to make sure and fertilize at optimal times in order to feed your azalea right when it needs it and no more. We recommend fertilizing either at the very first signs of spring, or right after the spring cycle of blooms are complete. It's better to fertilize earlier in the year than later, even though the Starburst 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 good go-to for bloomers like Starburst Azaleas.
What is the right sun exposure for my Starburst Azaleas?
Starburst Azaleas bloom in the spring and again in the fall, but having the right 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. If that means that they are in morning light on a north-facing wall or 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.