The Autumn Embers Encore Azalea is a popular flowering bush that can be used as a foundation plant or a container plant. It is widely known for its dramatic fiery orange-red blooms. This bush is “deciduous”, which means it loses its leaves in the winter. Encore Azaleas grow best in an acidic soil that is moist but drains well. It is recommended that you test the soil prior to planting your azalea along a foundation due to the fact that the soil near foundations tend to have more alkalinic properties. A pH level of 5.5 is best for your azalea.
Autumn Embers Encore Azaleas grow best in light shade, and need protection from the midday sun. Select a location out of the direct sunlight if possible. Azaleas can be damaged by strong cold winter winds. The azaleas leaves can dry out or actually get burnt from winter winds. Spraying an anti-desiccant on the azalea can help alleviate some of these problems. An anti-desiccant is a spray that you can apply to your plant to help retain moisture in the azaleas leaves.
How to Plant the Autumn Embers Encore Azalea: Dig a hole as deep as the root ball and 3-5 times its diameter. Place the plant gently in the hole and begin filling in the hole with soil. Tamp the soil with your hands and water to remove air pockets. Spread a 2- to 4-inch layer of mulch on entire area. Water as needed. A good way to tell if your azalea bush needs water is to move the mulch from around the plant and stick your finger in the soil. If the soil is dry for at least 2-3 inches down into the soil then it is alright to give it some water.