Rhododendron Mollis, Deciduous Rhododendron
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Azaleas make a beautiful addition to any garden, with bushes covered in blooms, that come in various colours, from late winter until early summer. In autumn, the leaves become vibrantly multicoloured. While fairly low maintenance, they should be pruned after blooming to shape the plants. Remove dead or diseased branches any time. They love to growin acid soil!
The flowers can be harvested and used as cut flowers.
Azalea semi-hardwood cuttings are taken with a heel and wounded to encourage rooting.
Layer the lower branches in summer growing season.
Saddle grafting is done in Autumn or side veneer grafting in spring.
Sow into pots in spring, leave seed uncovered on the surface of the compost or top off the pots with a 2cm layer of damp perlite, scatter the seed over the perlite and ‘plough’ in using a pencil.
These plants can be grown in containers,. You will need a good sized pot and a good quality potting mix.
The vibrant green leaves turn brilliantly multicolored as the season changes.
Azalea mollis bears 8-15 cm clusters of red, yellow, orange, pink, white or purple funnel-shaped flowers in spring and early summer.
Europe, Eastern & Western North America, Asia.
Temperate to Cold
Partial Shade, Partial Sun
Soil PH preference
Red, Yellow, White, Orange, Pink
Azaleas can be attacked by scale insects. Spray a dormant oil spray on branches in late winter before the flowers emerge to kill overwintering insect eggs. Powdery mildew may need to be controlled in years with hot, humid summers.