Can anyone offer information or point me to a quality site offering
The Encore Azalea site reads like a late night info-mercial... all marketing
little or no substance.
Here are my questions....
Encore says their plants can be used in container gardens... that's all the
they give. Are all Encore's suitable for container plants or just the smaller
What size containers ??? Is there a ratio between the size of the plant versus
rootball, that can be used to figure out the size of the container ??
Azalea's in general have surface root systems.... if one was using this as a
plant, would you go wider or deeper.
Last, what type of soil mix would be suggested for a container planting ??
I wasted a lot of time trying to get simple answers from Encore, (shame on
to ask a simple question, they wanted name, address, phone number, email
all the good stuff that can be used to place me on yet another unwanted
Can any of you good people here provide answers or information or even a
a knowledgeable site offering information about Encore's ??
Thanks in advance !!!
Encore azaleas are evergreen azaleas and can be treated similar to most
evergreen azaleas. When growing in containers, make sure the soil
temperature does not rise from the container being in the sun and make
doubly sure that you have good drainage. Poor drainage and hot roots
are the main killers of azaleas.
The container size is important. Deep provides good drainage and
moisture management. Wide is good since, as you mention, azaleas roots
are very shallow and reach out near the drip line.
The soil is the basic acidic azalea & rhododendron soil with lots of
stones at the bottom to assure good drainage.
Make sure you shade the pot from the sun and provide good drainage. I
like to use a pot inside another pot. The outside pot provides good
shade for the inside pot. Make sure you have good air circulation
between the pots. Both pots must have drain holes in the bottom.
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Thanks Stephen, the information is truly appreciated. I have several
planters in mind that will make excellent containers while providing
double walled protection from heat and provide adequate moisture.
The drip line pretty much limits the choice of azaleas to the smaller
sizes for my purposes, allowing the roots to spread out naturally
instead of being cramped and root bound.
Thanks again for your help, knowledge and the links to your
website !! Ahh... Longwood Gardens - Lovely place in both
summer and winter. Brookside Gardens in Wheaton, MD, while
it pales by comparision, is also a favorite.
anecdotal story about Longwood.... I was there with the grandchildren
about two years ago, down by the Italian Water Gardens across from
which is a rather large pond. Just out of curiousity, I sprinkled some
cookie crumbs into the water... and sure enough, a couple of rather
large cats came up to feed. Delighted the kids to no end.
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