Variety: C. Esveld Mollis Hybrid Azalea
Cultivar: C. Esveld
Zones: 5 to 8
AHS Heat Zone: Not defined for this plant
Soil Type: Sandy loam to clay loam
Soil pH: 4.5 to 6
Sunlight: Partial shade to full sun
Watering: Normal to moist
Fertilizer: Flowering shrub and tree fertilizer
Availability: Sold as live, potted plants.
When to plant: Plant C. Esveld Mollis Hybrid Azalea at any time during the growing season when there is no danger of frost.
Water with at least an inch of water per week. The soil should be kept moist to a depth of 18 inches. Water again when the top few inches of soil dries out. Always water deeply to ensure the deeper roots have the beneficial moisture and nutrients needed for a healthy plant.
Fertilize the azalea with flowering shrub and tree fertilizer in the spring before new foliage appears. If a soil test shows low or missing nutrients, use a nutrient-specific fertilizer instead of an all-purpose fertilizer. If you use organic fertilizer such as fish emulsion, be sure to follow the instructions on the package, as different brands have different ingredients and strengths.
C. Esveld Mollis Hybrid Azalea is a low-maintenance landscape shrub that produces medium-sized, green, deciduous leaves and long-lasting, showy, single flowers in shades of orange. This plant grows to a height of 8 feet and up to 6 feet wide.
Cut flowers early in the morning before the dew dries. Use a sharp knife or garden shears to make an angled cut on the stem. Immediately immerse in cool water. Add a teaspoon of sugar to the vase water to provide nutrients for the cut flowers. Change the vase water every other day, adding a teaspoon of sugar and making a fresh, angled stem cut at each water change.
Prune the azalea in the spring and throughout the growing season for dead and decaying plant matter. If the branches become too thick and the plant starts to crowd itself, cut a few branches off at the trunk. This plant has growth buds. When pinching the stem tips, you also pinch off the terminal buds. When the terminal buds are snipped, the lateral buds are forced to bloom, which creates more uniform flowering.
Propagate the azalea with stem cuttings. Dip a 6-inch stem cutting in rooting powder and plant in amended soil. Water well.
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