The Hotshot Azalea is a prolific spring-blooming Girard Hybrid rhododendron. This selection produces single form reddish-orange blooms in spring. Watch and be amazed as these blossoms emerge in considerable numbers every year in late spring, and transform the appearance of this shrub for weeks to follow.
Evergreen foliage emerges as a light green before maturing to an emerald hue that turns bronze-red in fall and winter.
The Hotshot matures to 2-4′ H x 3-5′ W. Rather, it tends to grow in a compact, dense spread. Try this plant in a container, hedge, mass planting, border, or mixed bed.
Hotshot Azalea Care
Hardy from USDA Zones 6-9
Plant in Partial Sun for best results. Filtered Sun for much of the day or 2-3 hours of direct sun a day is sufficient. Too much sun will stress the plant, while too little sun will result in decreased foliage and bloom potential.
This rhododendron has only medium water requirements once established. For the first growing season, provide supplementary water 2-3 times a week in average weather conditions.
The Hotshot Azalea prefers acidic to neutral soil for best results. In addition, ensure that the soil drains well in order to avoid root rot.
Fertilize in early spring with a balanced acidic plant fertilizer. This will help ensure future growth and blooms, as well as promote the overall well-being of your plant.
Trim after the bloom cycle has ended. The Hotshot Azalea, like other yearly blooming rhododendrons, begins compiling the next years blooms after the end of the current years cycle. Trimming too late will decrease the amount of potential blooms for the next year.
Hotshot Azalea Spacing
To create a seamless hedge we recommend planting 2′ apart and to create individual shrubs plant at least 4′ apart