First introduced in 2016, the Autumn Fire Encore Azalea has rapidly proven itself to be a worthy addition to the Encore® Azalea Collection! This Azalea lives up to the high standards you’ve come to expect from Encore, with deep red, semi-double blooms that stand out phenomenally against dark evergreen foliage. Unlike traditional azaleas that simply bloom in spring, Encores send out bloom after bloom from spring to fall. No deadheading is required to keep the flowers coming!
In winter, the Autumn Fire Encore Azalea’s fantastic green foliage will change to a deep purple-bronze color. This adds a whole new level of interest to this red blooming azalea. Afterward, spring sees the triumphant return of the characteristic dark green foliage.
The dwarf size and compact growth habit make the Encore Fire the least of your concerns when it comes to landscape maintenance.
The Autumn Fire Encore Azalea reaches a mature size of 2.5′ H x 3′ wide. Therefore, the Encore Azalea Fire is perfect for a low-hedge, foundation planting, mass planting, accent, or container plant. Plant it in front of taller shrubs with contrasting foliage or bloom color for a dynamic display.
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Autumn Fire Encore Azalea Care
Unlike traditional varieties, the Autumn Fire requires 4-6 hours of direct sunlight to thrive and bloom properly.
Plant this red blooming azalea in soil that has an acidic pH, and drains well. Poor drainage will lead to root rot and the expiration of your plant.
Water 2-3 times per week during the first growing season. Consequently, this allows them to develop deep roots, which will help ensure their long-term success. They are able to access more nutrients and have an improved capability of dealing with droughts.
Fertilizing your Encore Azaleas in spring with a slow-release, balanced acidic plant fertilizer will help to keep them thriving. Otherwise, for organic gardeners, use a balanced organic fertilizer every two months during the growing season.
Spacing Your Autumn Fire Encore Azaleas
For a seamless planting, space your Autumn Fire Encore Azaleas 2 feet apart from plant center to plant center. For space between plantings, plant them 3+ feet apart.
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