The 2017 addition to the Encore Azalea Collection is the new, bold and beautiful, Autumn Bonfire! The Autumn Bonfire Encore Azalea produces bright clear-red blooms that stand out boldly against the dark green evergreen foliage. These Azaleas can rebloom up to three times per year; in spring, summer, and fall.
Although its blooms are reminiscent of the Autumn Fire Encore Azalea, the Encore Bonfire’s foliage does not change color like the Fire. Instead, it preserves its bright green foliage all year long. Moreover, the Autumn Bonfire is larger than the Autumn Fire, reaching 3 feet high and 3.5 feet wide.
This red flowering azalea features a faster growth habit than other dwarf azaleas. Therefore, it will make itself at home in your landscape faster than most other reblooming azaleas.
Try this Encore Azalea as a foundation planting at the foot of your house. Alternatively, use them as a reblooming hedge. The frequent blooms will provide a unique twist compared to a conventional hedge.
Plant them in a container for a fantastic burst of color that will perform for years to come. Additionally, the Autumn Bonfire is a great choice as an accent or specimen.
Hardy in USDA Zones 6-9.
Plant in Full Sun for best results. Pick a location in your landscape where this Azalea will receive 4-6 hours of direct sunlight or all-day lightly filtered sun. Consequently, too little sun will result in the Encore Bonfire having reduced bloom potential.
This red blooming azalea prefers well-draining, rich garden soil with a slightly acidic pH. Furthermore, poorly draining soil will eventually result in root rot.
Water regularly after planting, 2-3 times per week during average weather conditions. However, increased water will be required in times of intense heat and drought. After a growing season or two, your plant will be established enough to rarely need supplementary water.
Fertilize your Autumn Bonfire Encore Azaleas in spring with a slow-release Acidic Fertilizer to keep the blooms coming season after season!
Space your Autumn Bonfire Encore Azalea 2.5 feet apart for a seamless planting. Otherwise, plant them 3.5+ feet apart for gaps between plantings.
1 Gallon – 5-8 inches wide X 6-10 inches tall
2 Gallon – 8-12 inches wide x 10-14 inches tall
3 Gallon – 10-14 inches wide x 12-16 inches tall