On March 25, 2013, the National Weather Service issued a freeze warning for most of Georgia’s counties through mid-morning on Tuesday. The warning, which was reported by Weather.com, said that North and Central Georgia could experience gusts of wind up to 40 m.p.h. as well.
For those Southeastern Horticultural Society flower show attendees that got excited enough about the show to go out and purchase ready to put in the ground plants in anticipation of spring, beware.
Temperatures are supposed to drop down to the mid to upper 20s in the northeast mountains and not get much higher elsewhere in the state. So plants need some protection as a result. And that includes the more cold-hardy varieties of the Encore Azalea.
Robert “Buddy” Lee, the inventor of the Encore Azalea, recently revealed at the Southeastern Flower Show in Atlanta that four new varieties of the Encore Azalea would be out this fall, and they would offer improved characteristics, including an increase in cold-hardiness.
But even those azaleas should not be planted until after the danger of frost has passed, which in Georgia is typically around April 1, according to the University of Georgia’s Agricultural website.
Buddy Lee says that young azaleas should be covered when extreme cold weather approaches, but the young plant will need less winter care as it matures.
For a tutorial from Buddy on how to plant your new Encore Azaleas this spring, watch the video located directly above. To follow Buddy’s Blog click here.
One of the four new varieties coming in the fall for the Encore Azalea plant is Autumn Sunburst, a dwarf version with coral pink blooms and white edges.
There is also Autumn Jewel, an intermediate-sized plant which has pink blooms and purple winter foliage, along with Autumn Lily, an intermediate-sized white blooming azalea that has the occasional lone stripe of purple running the length of its blooms.
Autumn Ivory, another dwarf-sized azalea which boasts bright white flowers, is the fourth variety making its fall debut in 2013.
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