Cultivar: Rosy Lights
Zones: 5 to 8
AHS Heat Zone: 5 to 9
Soil Type: Sandy loam to clay loam
Soil pH: 4.5 to 6.5
Sunlight: Partial shade to sun
Fertilizer: Flowering shrub and tree fertilizer
Availability: Sold as live, potted plants or root cuttings
When to plant: Rosy Lights Azalea can be planted at any time there is no danger of frost.
Dig a planting hole twice the width of the root ball and as deep as the soil in the container. Fill the hole with water. Place the Rosy Lights Azalea into the hole and fill it in with soil. If this plant came wrapped in organic burlap, you can leave the burlap on the root ball. Once the plant is in the planting hole, remove any staples or ties holding the burlap around the root ball and fold the burlap down, so that it is completely covered with soil. Create a watering ring around the perimeter of the planting hole. Mulch the plant and water well. The watering ring will divert water to the outside of the shrub, encouraging the roots to grow.
Water with at least an inch of water per week. The soil should be kept moist, but not soggy. Deep watering is always preferable to frequent, shallow waterings, as deep watering encourages root growth and a stronger, healthier plant.
Fertilize the young Rosy Lights Azalea with a phosphorus-based fertilizer. Once the plant becomes established, fertilize once a year with a good, all-around flowering shrub and tree fertilizer. Prior to fertilizing, do a soil test to be sure all of the needed nutrients are present. If the soil is low on a specific nutrient, use a fertilizer with the missing nutrient.
Rosy Lights Azalea is a low-maintenance, deciduous shrub that produces leaves that are mid-green in color, along with showy, purple-red flowers with orange blotches.
Cut flowers early in the morning before the dew dries. Cut the stems at an angle with a sharp knife or garden shears, then immediately immerse them in cold water. Put a teaspoon of sugar in the vase water, and change the water every other day to prevent bacteria from forming. When changing the water, snip the stem at an angle.
Prune Rosy Lights Azalea each spring and throughout the growing season for dead and decaying plant matter. Removing dead and decaying wood leaves room for new growth and improves air flow to the interior of the plant. Pinch the stem tips early in the season to encourage a bushier shrub.
The best way to propagate the Rosy Lights Azalea is to use a stem cutting. Cut a non-woody stem, making sure there are a few leaves, but no buds, on the stem. Dip the stem in rooting powder, then plant in a container. Once the plant is established, you can transplant it outside.
Warning: The Rosy Lights Azalea is susceptible to blight. Blights are caused by various fungi and bacteria. There are many different types of blight, and each type has its own method of control. Help prevent blight from attacking this plant by keeping it disease and pest-free.
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