DESCRIPTION- a very hardy, vigorous medium growing azalea. It has semi double, bright red large flowers in spring.
CULTURAL- will grow in a full sun or semi shaded position with summer watering. Hardy once established. Prefers a well drained, humus rich soil that’s slightly acidic. Fertilise in spring and late summer with a Azalea specific fertiliser or a complete organic fertiliser. Prune after flowering to maintain a compact shape. Mulch well during extended dry periods. If flowers are turning mushy this could be a sign of Azalea petal blight. Pick off any spent flowers and treat with appropriate fungicides. Watch also for insect attack and treat accordingly. Good air circulation will help prevent problems.
LANDSCAPE USES- use in garden beds as a free flowering carpet under trees. Great in pots in courtyards or entertaining areas. Plant with other traditional favourites like Camellias, Pieris and Helleborus.