The main varieties of Azalea plants for sale in Australia are the Indica hybrids which require a frost free environment.
The Indica types are taller growing and can reach around 3.5m, however they are generally kept lower than this. Flowering in winter with large flowers, sometimes doubles the wonderful white flowering ‘Alba magnifica’ is one of the most popular, ‘White bouquet’ is another.
The Indica types generally handle a little more sun than others, the warmer the climate the more shade, however filtered shade is best. Indica varieties can also be trained into standards.
The Kurume types have smaller foliage and smaller flowers, however they do look great planted in large banks, some fine examples can be seen in Olinda at the Arboretum. These are a more compact and denser growing type than the Indicas and along with the small foliage makes them well suited for use as a border plant or low hedge.
We also have different foliage colours, Azalea shirazz has been around for a while, wonderful deep red foliage and naturally lower growing to around 1m, excellent as a feature in a container.
Azaleas will grow well in many areas of Australia and are popular in New South Wales and Victoria but grow well from Tasmania right through to Queensland.
Azaleas are readily available for sale from nurseries in spring when they in flower, although the best time to plant them is in autumn, while the soil is still warm. They dom prefer a lightly acid soil with a ph of around 5.5, however they are a versatile plant and will grow well in pots and containers as wel l as in the garden.
- dig in some well rotted compost 2 – 3 weeks before planting
- check the ph and adjust if needed
- ensure that the azalea is planted at the same level as it is in the pot, these are a shallow rooted plant and can react badly if planted to deeply
- soak the plant, in its pot in a dilute liquid seaweed fertilizer before planting
- you may need to tease out the roots a little before planting
- plant at correct depth and firm in, remember the same level as it was in the pot
- azaleas rarely need staking
- water in well with a liquid seaweed fertilizer
Pruning Azaleas is only required to remove dead or damaged wood and maintain shape, in most years azaleas require little or no pruning at all.
The best time to prune is just after flowering when the plants are in active growth, usually in late spring to early summer. Try to avoid pruning in hot seasons and mid winter. Hard pruning is sometimes suggested to revitalize old plants, be aware that this can work, however cutting back into old hard wood needs to be done when plants are in active growth (spring) and can result in dead sections.
We suggest light pruning every two years, and a little tidy up after flowering.
Azaleas are not frequently sold by mail order due to the nature of the plants.
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Azaleas are available for sale from the following nurseries
601 Sunnyholt Road Parklea NSW 2768
Parklea Pots and Plants are affordable, open 7 days and have everything you need for your garden - of any size!. Pots, plants, water features, fruit trees, hedging, potting mix and more.
Opening hours 7 days a week from 8:30am to 5pm
'Justly famous for rare and unusual plants' Don Teese
34 Mt Pleasant Rd Monbulk VIC 3793
125 Palmer Rd Jindivick 3818
Open Thursday - Sunday 10am - 4pm
Specialising in growing and selling Rare and Unusual Trees, shrubs Perennials Bulbs and Climbers, a unique nursery with amazing stock.
17 McCarthy Rd Monbulk, Vic, 3793, Australia
Specialising in propagation and production of over 900 species / varieties of ornamental plants, perennials & rare plants. Supplying nurseries, landscapers & others. Minimum quantities apply! Contact us to discuss plants or growing requirements.