Do you love azaleas, but hate how quickly the blooms are faded and gone?! Check out the Autumn Empress™ Encore® Azalea for a fresh perspective on Azaleas!
The Autumn Empress™ blooms in spring, summer, and fall. Yes, you read that right, you get THREE SEASONS of hot pink blooms to admire and adore. The flower is considered a semi-double which just means it has a fuller flower than many azaleas. The leaves are dark green most of the year, turning into a unique and lovely bronze in winter.
This variety is nice and compact with a mature height of 4 feet and width of 3 feet. The Autumn Empress™ Encore® Azalea is a perfect size to fit in almost any space.
Whether you would like one or many, the Autumn Empress™ Encore® Azalea is sure to brighten your landscape. This Azalea looks great as a single focal shrub in a mixed bed and in a mass planting of three or five. Try a perfect hedge of Empresses™ for loads of pretty in hot pink power!
This Azalea is heat tolerant, disease resistant, thrives in full sun, part sun, or part shade and is adaptable to a variety of soils.
Let your landscape explode with hot pink double blooms. Don't miss out! Get this popular variety today before they are gone.
|Grows in Zones||6, 7, 8, 9|
|Indoor/Patio Hardiness Zones||3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11|
|Sunlight||Full Sun, Part Sun|
|Soil Type||Acidic, Adaptable|
|Mature Height||3-4 Feet|
|Mature Width||3-4 Feet|
|Botanical Name||Rhododendron 'Autumn Empress'|
Questions and Answers
How To Care for your new Autumn Empress™ Encore® Azalea
When planting your Azalea be sure you have the right location and conditions for your new plants to thrive.
Planting time: Spring and Fall are ideal times to plant Azaleas. However, if you avoid freezing and extremely hot temperatures you can plant any time of the year
Sun: Full or part sun
Soil: Be sure your soil is well-drained and acidic. If you have alkaline soil, be sure to amend your soil. To acidify your soil amend with compost, elemental sulfur, or use fertilizers specific for acid loving plants. Mulching with pine straw or pine bark will help over time as they begin to break down, but are not an immediate solution. To improve drainage in something like a heavy clay soil, add compost and be sure to loosen up the soil well before planting.
Fertilizer: Choose a fertilizer for acid loving plants. Fertilize in late winter or early spring to give the upcoming blooms a boost.
Pruning: You don’t need to prune azaleas, but pruning after they are done blooming can help encourage a bushier growth and renew an older plant.
Unpack all of your plants right away! Look for the perfect location. Make sure you are planting in the correct light conditions.
Dig a hole twice the width of the root ball. Position your plant in the hole. Make sure the top of the root ball is slightly higher than the original grade of the bed. Also check to make sure it is straight from all sides.
Fill up hole with water before placing new plant in hole in order to saturate the surrounding soil. Once the water is absorbed place your plant in the hole and water thoroughly.
Mix the potting soil and the soil removed from the hole. Start by backfilling soil around the root ball. Carefully pack in the soil to remove any air pockets. Water plant thoroughly again until the soil will not hold any more water. This will ensure that your new plant will be a success.
Fertilize around your plant with the amount recommended on the package. Our special Fertilizer contains all of the nutrients to keep your plants growing and healthy. Repeat every 3 months.
Finish up by mulching around your new plant. Apply 2 - 3 inches of mulch around the plant and plant bed. Mulch will help keep the soil moist and keep weeds out.
Keep watered with a hose every 2-3 days for 2 weeks. This is critical for plant survival. In the third week, begin to water as needed depending on the weather. Always check by placing your finger under the mulch to see if the soil is moist.
Shipping and Delivery
Most orders ship next business day. Please allow 1-3 business day to process and pack your order for shipping. View the Fedex shipping map below. Please note that Fedex ships Monday-Saturday only and shipping times on the map below are not guaranteed. West coast orders MAY be held until the following Monday to prevent additional transit time on sensitive plants. Your plants will be carefully packaged and shipped using Fedex.
You will receive a confirmation via email when Fedex picks up your shipment. Delivery emails are also sent when your package arrives. As soon as your package arrives, It is important to open your boxes and water your new plants thoroughly.
How much is shipping? Add all of your items to the cart. At checkout, your shipping price to ship your order will be displayed.
Each plant is carefully hand selected and packaged making sure that they will arrive ready to plant! We ship Fedex Home Delivery which will ensure your package will also be delivered on a Saturday.