Encore® Azaleas should be planted the same width apart as the mature dimensions specify. This measurement should be taken from the center of one plant to the center of the other. For example, Autumn Angel™ matures to 3 feet wide. In order to have mature Autumn Angel Encore Azaleas bunched next to each other, you should plant them 3 feet apart, starting at the center of one plant and measuring to the center of the other. If you would like space between your azaleas, you should separate them by more than the mature width dimensions.
Water your Encore Azalea well when you first plant it, and keep the soil moist until winter. New azaleas will die quickly if the soil dries excessively. Your new Encore Azalea should not need regular watering after the first year unless there are periods of excessive drought. Fertilize with the recommended levels of slow-release granular fertilizer recommended for azaleas soon after planting. Do not fertilize after August.
Encore Azaleas do well when they are planted at this time. New roots produced in the fall will help the azalea flourish in the next growing season. Although less watering is necessary, do not allow the roots to become dry. Cover your young azalea with an insulating covering when extreme cold weather approaches. As your Encore Azalea matures, it will need less winter care.
If your Encore Azalea has been thriving for a year or more but is not producing blooms, we recommend a soil test to pinpoint any problems. Your local landscape professional or county extension agent can help you decipher your soil test and provide you with additional care instructions. Brown foliage can be an indicator of over-fertilizing and under-watering.