We planted an Everest Azalea in late May/early June in a location where it
receives sun until about 3 pm on a summer day. It never did much over the
summer and it has some brown leaves. What should I be doing with it now
that we've had our first hard freeze? What about in the spring?
We live in Zone 5.
According to the American Rhododendron Society, this plant is only hardy
o -5F. That would put in zone 6b. Zone 5 is from -10 to -20F. That means
that is will probably be rather short lived unless you can provide a
microclimate that helps push the zone.
At this point, I would put down a good layer of mulch and make sure that it
is evenly moist over the winter. An antidessicant spray may be helpful. It
is suppose to be evergreen. Are the leaves really brown or are they
changing to a bronze color? My evergreen azaleas will turn dark in fall and
then green-up in the spring. If they turn brown and the leaves are brittle,
then they are dead.
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