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Acer's Florist & Garden Center
Edition 18.13 Acer's Florist & Garden Center March 30, 2018
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Amazing Azaleas

Azaleas are easy to love. Their amazing flowers put on an incredible display of color every spring like clockwork, helping to herald in the coming growing season. Whether in a formal or woodland garden setting, azaleas make a great addition to any garden. When these plants are in full bloom, it's almost impossible to see the foliage underneath.

For centuries, azaleas were only grown in Japanese gardens. But then native species were discovered in North America and eventually types from both countries found their way to Europe. In colder climates, the deciduous species (Exbury Hybrids) which are primarily from North America, perform the best.

Azaleas are versatile and can be used in almost any spot in the garden provided they have good drainage. Exbury Hybrid Azaleas can be grown in full sun in all but the hottest areas. Their flowers come in almost every color shade imaginable and the bushes range from 3 to 8 feet high and wide. They also reward gardeners with good fall colors in shades of orange and red. Many also have sweetly scented blooms. If you are short on space in your landscape, consider planting azaleas in containers to add another dimension to your garden.

Azaleas grow well in evenly moist and slightly acidic soil. They perform best when the soil is amended with peat moss or an acid planting mix before planting. They also like to be fed every few months with cottonseed meal or an acid plant food. We recommend feeding from the end of the blooming season through early fall.

Azaleas don't require much pruning if the proper varieties are selected for the desired mature size. If occasional pruning is needed to control size or wayward branches, prune from one month after the blooming season has ended thru August. Pruning any later can remove the new blooms that are starting to set for the following spring, which can start as early as September.

Whether pruned formally into shapes or left natural to blend in with the local surroundings, azaleas make a wonderful addition to any garden with their extraordinary offering of beautiful spring flowers.

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Garden Primer

Can I grow basil and other herbs from cuttings?


Answer:

You can take cuttings any time that the mother plants are still actively growing and healthy. Always use a shallow (less than 3 inches deep) container that is new or has been sterilized with 1 part bleach to nine parts water.

We recommend indoor greenhouse trays that come with clear plastic covers.

Use a mixture of peat moss and sand or a seed starting mix. Wet your mixture completely with lukewarm water. Always keep your soil moist, not soggy, so the new plant roots have oxygen. Select new stems and prune no more than 3 inches. Strip the leaves off the bottom half of the cutting with your fingers. Make a final angled cut (at a former leaf node) so more of the stem will be exposed to root.

Use a pencil to make holes in the soil. Dip the cut end of your cutting into rooting hormone and place in the hole, firming the mix around your cutting. (There should be no leaves touching the mix.) Mist your cutting a few times daily to keep it moist and cover with plastic or a mini greenhouse cover to keep it humid.

Place your pots or trays in a warm location where soil temperatures can be maintained between 65 and 75 degrees. You can use a heating mat if needed, but check your soil moisture more often if one is used. When new growth resists when you gently tug on the plant, then it is ready for potting.

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