The Red Ruffle Azalea is a spring-blooming Rutherfordiana hybrid rhododendron. This selection produces an enormous amount of semi-double deep red blooms with frilly petals in spring and can re-bloom in fall(not as heavily). Evergreen foliage emerges as light green in spring before maturing to a very dark green hue in summer.
The Red Ruffle Azalea has a compact growth habit that matures to 3-5′ H x 3-5′ W, and makes a great mid-sized hedge, mass planting, border, or mixed bed.
Hardy from USDA Zones 7-10
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 Red Ruffle 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 Red Ruffle 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.
To create a seamless hedge we recommend planting 2′ apart and to create individual shrubs plant at least 4′ apart