Standards are a traditional and popular form of topiary where plants have clear straight stems and a ball on top like a lollypop.
Plants are run up on a central leader and tipped at the top at the desired standard height. Once some bushy growth has formed at the top, the lower foliage is then removed. Clip the top with garden shears regularly throughout the growing season to form the desired shape and to maintain a compact head. The length to the standard trunk will remain at the same height but will get thicker with age. The size of the head with be determining by how often and how hard back you clip it. Prefers a full sun to part shade position with a well-drained, humus rich soil that is slightly acidic. Is hardy once established. Prune after flowering to maintain a compact shape, mulch well during extended dry periods and fertilise with an Azalea specific or a complete organic fertiliser in spring and late summer. If flowers are becoming mushy this might be a sign of petal blight, pick off and dispose of then treat with appropriate fungicides. Azaleas are also susceptible to insect attack treat with appropriate pesticides.
Standards can be features in garden beds and look fantastic when under planted with low shrubs or groundcovers. Matching pairs look at the best bordering entrances and walkways in containers or in the ground. If planting in containers shorter standards generally look best and tall standard are more suitable to be planted in garden beds
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