The Girard’s Crimson Azalea is small and compact in nature. It maintains a small, structured size, but flowers profusely in the spring. Large, bright, red-pink blooms cover the shrub from May into June and look great in mass plantings. It doesn’t stop there! The Girard’s Crimson Azalea also has great summer and fall foliage. With a multitude of seasonal interest, this shrub will be sure to delight your landscaping.
This Crimson Azalea is a small and compact shrub that displays dark green, slightly elongated foliage throughout the growing season. It maintains a rounded and compact form with a height and width of 2-4 feet. Beautiful bright red-pink blooms adorn this shrub and provide great contrast against green foliage in the spring. The cooler autumn weather gives way to green foliage that transitions over to red and copper hues. This azalea displays multi season interest.
The Girard’s Crimson Azalea is great to use for foundation plantings and makes a great hedge. Use it in a mixed property border in front of larger shrubs. Create a staggered look with larger varieties and other colors of azaleas in front of a Leyland Cypress privacy fence. Play around with different colors and include this shrub into a natural woodland garden area.
The Girards Crimson Azalea prefers partial shade to partial sun and well drained moist soil.
|Grows in Zones||5, 6, 7, 8|
|Sunlight||Part Sun, Part Shade|
|Mature Height||2-3 Feet|
|Mature Width||4-5 Feet|
|Botanical Name||Rhododendron 'Girard's Crimson'|
How To Care for your new Girards Crimson 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 sun tends to burn most Azaleas especially in warmer climates so look for a site that provides a balanced mix of shade and 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.
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