Azaleas plants are actually an evergreen shrub that flowers. Azaleas are actually poisonous to humans. Did you know these facts? Azaleas can come in a wide range of colors including purple, pink, and rarer species come in shades of red or even blue.
Azaleas usually only bloom once a season, usually late in the spring. In 1997, a new and unique species of Azalea was released called the Encore Azalea. What makes this particular species of Azalea unique is that it flowers three times a year. This is a great feature because you will be able to enjoy its beautiful blooms longer and it will help keep the hummingbirds around your yard longer.
When do you plant Azaleas? This can be done at any point during the warm season, even if they are in bloom, and doing so will not stunt its growth or harm flower production. In general, Azaleas are easy to care for, but there are some things that you need to keep in mind whenever you plant them.
The amount of sun required will depend on the variety of Azaleas you select. Some will grow in full sun while others will require far less sun. Azaleas should be grown in raised beds. The soil must be kept moist but not overly so. It is important to use mulch, peat moss and other organic materials in generous amounts. These plants grow well in acid conditions. A root stimulator should be added and it is necessary to keep them well mulched. Lastly, an important reminder, Azaleas should be fertilized after they have boomed.
Best of luck using Azaleas to attract hummingbirds to your yard. Try using the Encore Azalea and your blooms will last even longer and it will be another plant on which the hummingbirds can feed.