(Gable/Pride). Three lovely specimens, all blooming very late (mid-June through July). (a 'Balsaminiflorum' To increase bloom, you should deadhead the plants and pinch the tips of the new growth in June. 2.  For information about the species, cultivars and needs of azaleas, one could not do better than to consult the revised and enlarged edition of Fred Galle's (Portland: Timber Press). They are usually neutral to slightly alkaline, but some are acidic. A warm spring will advance the times I give, which are derived from observations over the past few years when the springs have been unusually cool. Once it's in place, water your azalea thoroughly at the base. Gently pack down the soil, but don't stomp on it since your shrub's surface roots need air. (Gable). Keepsake azaleas are a special, potted variety of azalea designed for growing indoors. They come in many flower colors, including pink, red, white, yellow, and purple. It was since moved to full, high shade, in the squirrels' path, and is a treat. Be sure to keep the mulch 1 to 2 inches away from the base of the azalea. , Huge flowers, white-centered with a purple picotee edge. Their bright beauty has caused many a gardener (and many non-gardeners) to ask, “Can you grow azalea indoors successfully?” The answer is, “Of … Blooms late May through June. You can quickly test soil pH with an inexpensive soil pH tester probe. Blooms mid June. The author thanks Mr. David Hinton, Orono, Ont., and Mr. Paul Boult, Orleans, Ont., for their valuable comments about the azaleas they have grown. The genus Rhododendron is a … Cercis canadensis selection or hybrid, classified among the Southern Indian hybrids). Reliable white flowers in the colder climate (Zone 5b) of Orono, Ontario. If you accidentally plant the wrong plant near a black walnut, simply transplant it in the spring or fall, when you notice that it’s stressed. The best time to prune azaleas is in the spring, right after they bloom. Greenhouse azaleas are those beautiful, multicolored joys of spring, those bright spots in the grocery store or garden nursery when everything else is winter gray. 1.  Percentages are based on 76-year extremes for January for the city of Toronto. Liriodendron tulipifera I originally considered this plant, with its apple blossom pink flowers, neither hardy nor special. 'Stewartstonian' (Fowle; Intro: Azaleas are flowering bushes that have impressive, showy flower blooms in the summer. Acknowledgements At 86°F/30°C the summer blooming 'Balsaminiflorum' and 'Tachisene'* still look fresh. Flower colour is a difficult, dull, pink, brick-red. 5.  Their leaves are beautiful winter and summer. The area covers USDA Zones 5 to 7, with adequate to plentiful rainfall, though with occasional drought in the summer. Native azaleas generally grow best in the climates in which they naturally evolved. Best Azalea Cuttings Growing evergreen azaleas from cuttings is typically much more successful than their deciduous counterparts. There are low-growing ground cover azaleas, plants that grow from 1 to 2 feet, as well as plants that can grow up to 25 feet tall. (Kurume). Coupled with the heat tolerance of the flowers, this is a great asset. 'King's Luminous Pink'* (Gable). (Girard). It should be deep enough so that the base of the shrub will be even with, or an inch higher than, the ground. Some desiccation after the '95-'96 winter, but the plant recovered well after a shearing (which prevented flowering this year, of course). Lay down a 3-inch layer of mulch to help your new plant retain moisture and stay free of weeds, or since your azalea loves acidic soil, mulch with a thick layer of pine needles. 'Marie's Choice' You can not divide them as you might a plant like, say, a hosta. The extremely deep waters of the Great Lakes, which almost entirely surround Southern Ontario, are a great climate modifier; they do not freeze in winter (except for the shallow Lake Erie) and act as heat basins, warming the surrounding land. Summer planting is okay, but you'll have to water … A delightful surprise, one of the most exquisite with small, hose-in-hose coral-pink bells in great masses. Growing rhododendrons in Southern Ontario is not impossible, but with our hot, dry summers and harsh winters, it is a challenge that is not for the faint of heart. 'Gumpo Pink' Winter exposure is perhaps greater than optimal; in bad winters, like '93-94 (cold) and '95-'96 (dry), evergreen azaleas can drop some leaves or become burnt. 4.  Many of them thrive in a fairly wide range of soil pH, 4.5 to 7.0. Needs shelter (I put Christmas tree branches on it in January) and excellent drainage. It is commonly called the "Carolinian" zone of Canada and ranges from 41 to 43 degrees north latitude, with Toronto at 43 degrees 45 minutes north latitude. Hardy, incredibly floriferous, with white flowers smothering the plant. Nancy Traill, a member of the RSC Toronto Chapter, is a professor of humanities at York University in Toronto. R. keiskei 2.  The leaves to not mildew, unlike those of deciduous azaleas. Thanks are also given to Ms. Laura Grant, Toronto, for the generous loan of her slides. In the 1-2 years it takes to prepare your soil, you can enjoy the blooms as the azaleas grow strong for transplant. For instance, in Toronto there is only a 17 percent probability that the January low will reach into USDA Zone 6a; there is a 70 percent chance that the winter will lie in the range of Zone 6b to 8a, with 6b having the highest probability. Our cultural notes should ensure excellent results. Easy to grow, azaleas make a colorful complement to any landscape. Where to plant your azaleas. Azaleas 'Corsage' Dew or frost followed by sun in the morning can cause burn or … Synonymous cultivar names are given in brackets; in parentheses are the breeders' names or, where this is not known, the hybrid group (e.g., Satsuki). It loses leaves if exposed in the winter in my garden. Place it in the middle of the hole, and fill in the gap with a 50:50 mix of the soil removed from the hole and Miracle-Gro® Garden Soil for Trees & Shrubs. Rose, semi-double. Keep in mind that azaleas are sensitive to water stress. Beautiful spring gardens, small or large, can be created b… The part of Southern Ontario that I can speak about with confidence lies in the Great Lakes basin, stretching west from Toronto to Lake Huron. I have found it better in shade. How to Grow Azaleas: Azaleas are acid loving plants. Probably worth trying again. Azaleas, no matter what their size, are tree-like shrubs. Very bright medium-pink flowers like roses, blooms in June with A few specialists are beginning to experiment with evergreen azaleas, but because they are not widely grown here, generalizations are tricky. But I know others who have grown evergreen azaleas with fair success in Orono, Ontario (Zone 5b), and even in Zone 5a, in Orleans, near Ottawa, and within Ottawa itself (the Dominion Arboretum) in spite of severe minimum temperatures during the 1993-94 winter. They prefer a moist, well drained soil with a pH of 5.5. The features of evergreen azaleas that make them special, to me at least, are easily summarized: Among the breeders' names one should watch for are Shammarello (Ohio), Gable (Pennsylvania) and Girard (Ohio); these men have worked to develop azaleas that will withstand temperatures of -20°F/-29°C. Evergreen Azaleas in Southern Ontario A bias in favour of evergreen azaleas is nothing to be ashamed of, nor is the conviction that they deserve more testing in Southern Ontario. 'Delaware Valley White' And, as in many other places, people do not always know their own growing conditions. Shade is the biggest ‘problem’ in many gardens, especially if you have mature shade trees like maple on your property. Nice, but the lush foliage rather obscures the flowers. 8.  There seems to be less of a discrepancy between plant and bud hardiness than one finds among rhododendrons. This is a handsome azalea, if not quite as elegant as 'Balsaminiflorum'. Rosebud-like coral blossoms on a low plant. (Satsuki). (Gable). Pruning is seldom required for your azaleas and rhododendrons. Not only are the azaleas not bothered, they thrive in a soil that has by now been compacted by their countless comings and goings. (Glenn Dale). Tap the sides of your azalea's container, and then gently pull out your plant. In summer, water every five days, making sure to soak the roots, not the leaves of the plant. In another part of the garden where azaleas are grown, they prove their resilience in a different way: the spot is visited nightly by raccoons and is part of squirrels' run to their feeding box. (Hager). While you can plant your keepsake azalea outside, it is unlikely the plant will survive a cold winter. Most azaleas grow best in dappled shade with moist soil and cannot handle dry conditions. If you hanker after the colour peach, yet find rhododendrons with peach flowers too tender, you can have it anyway, by looking to the evergreen azaleas. 9.  Squirrels seem to be uninterested in their buds, which are no larger than pips throughout the winter and (so my squirrel friends tell me) about as appealing. The buds are more tender than the plant, but the colour is so exciting (white and salmon flaked, with a red speckled throat) it is worth the effort. Flame azaleas grow in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 5 to 7. If it is cold enough to damage a rhododendron's leaves or wood, you are not likely to see flowers in the spring (though it can happen, and did after the '95-'96 winter). I recommend one that’s at least 10 inches in diameter, and at least 10 … Bloom times vary by as much as 2-3 weeks depending (of course) on weather. 'Pink Pancake' A bright red, new in my garden, but reliable for other people in Southern Ontario. Hose-in-hose white and profuse. Or was, because I tossed it out. Be sure to use large containers to grow azaleas. and so on. , Hues can be pastel, or they can be saturated, and whites are pristine. Deadhead rhododendrons by breaking off spent flowers. I have found it hardy and reliable, though it died on someone else in Toronto. But even if an azalea drops leaves, it will generally go on to bloom. (Domoto; old Kurume from Japan). 'Frank Arsen' Rhododendrons are at the top of that list. . mucronatum Brilliant pink with a coral tinge, hardy, floriferous. R. Mulch with two inches of pine needles or bark and follow up with regular light waterings. (Shammarello). During the summer after the new growth from the spring season has just begun to harden and turn brown is the … The buds are tenderer than the plant. 'White Gumpo' x 'Hinode Giri' Good places might include spots under trees, or along the north side of your house. Azaleas can also make exceptional candidates for containers. Dampen the soil, then cover it with a thick layer of mulch. According to Pick Ontario, many people let the keepsake azalea bloom indoors and then plant the green foliage outside after the flowers … Leaves tinged bronze in the winter. Check the soil pH before planting, especially if planting along a foundation where soils tend to be more alkaline. Plant them in dense shade and they won't bloom. (Girard). R. kaempferi Though I have not grown this, it is reputed to be reliable, and I did see it in an Ottawa garden and at the Montreal Botanical Gardens in Quebec where, however, there is considerable snow cover. Well selected and properly sited, they belie their reputation for tenderness and put on a spectacular show from April to July. R. indicum To increase bloom, you should deadhead the plants and pinch the tips of the new growth in June. 'Ben Morrison' They grow best in light shade, and need protection from midday sun and winter sun. ( But if you buy in spring when the azaleas are blooming, you'll be assured of getting the colors you want. ) (Harris). (Robin Hill). Be careful of buds underneath the flower. Their large, colorful flowers last for weeks, and they look beautiful when cut and displayed in a vase inside. 'Bruce Hancock' Flowers are an orchid purple. 'Tachisene'* Nancy H. Traill A dud. Know the Best Time to Plant Azaleas. A June bloomer, after 'Delaware Valley White'. 'Girard's Karen'* LOCATION The choice of planting site can mean the difference between success and failure. 'Pale Lilac' In fact, they respond very well to pruning, so they're perfect for growing as hedges or trimming into standards. You can fertilize with Rhododendron, Azalea and Camellia plant food 4-12-8. 'Dayspring' In Orono, Ontario, this plant is semi-evergreen, and has survived an absolute minimum of -33°F/-36°C. Hey Janice! Though some of my rhododendrons are slightly chlorotic, the evergreen azaleas, with the exception of 'Elsie Lee', seem content. Just tender enough to have its perfection spoiled (a little branch dieback), though mostly it blooms. Azaleas can be pruned to remove unwanted growth and diseased or damaged growth, and to shape them after flowering. Notes The hardiest rhododendron is ‘P.J.M.’ Regardless of which variety you choose, in colder zones in the province, you will need to add winter protection. Many species of deciduous azaleas are native to the east, southeast and south and one species grows wild in the 'Cascade' Flowers are salmon-orange, small and double like roses, and although the dead flowers stay on the plant until removed, they are bunched up neatly. A good location is where they receive either dappled sun all day or sun in the morning and light shade in the afternoon. ). ). Profuse white-centered blooms, flushed at the edge with soft mauve-pink. x 'Gumpo'). You can also take stem cuttings from existing rhododendrons and plant them to grow a new plant. Meconopsis grandis (Kurume). Rhododendrons and azaleas grow best in sites protected from wind, and with light 'Nancy of Robinhill' My garden lies on a ravine near the Scarborough Bluffs, in Toronto. In poorly drained areas, azaleas should be placed in raised beds. Some of the reasons are obvious - conservative landscape designers, conservative growers, institutions who rely on both, and horticulturists who are not yet acquainted with the needs of these plants. If in doubt, you can submit soil samples through your County Extension Service to have the pH and nutrient levels tested, usually for little or no cost. A bright reddish-purple, fully evergreen in Toronto. The reason for this is that azaleas cannot survive in water-logged soil. 1 In that range, specific nutrients azaleas need stay … 'Kirin' It's only flaw is that the dead blossoms hang on as a flaccid reminder of past glory. 'Snowball'* It may lose some leaves but blooms reliably, though it probably cannot be counted on to be permanent. A good-doer. Pastel pink semi-double ruffled flowers, very late (July). Kinds of Evergreen Azaleas Almost all evergreen azaleas are hybrids and there are thousands of them. Each of these conditions is important to grow Azaleas and Rhododendrons successfully. Instead of struggling to grow unsuitable plants it is best to concentrate instead on shrubs that naturally grow and thrive in shade. A cutting that died during the '94-'95 winter. Azaleas are popular bonsai plants, so they can be planted in very small containers. If you grow cuttings, you will need to grow the cuttings for 1-2 weeks in water so they can … Dig a hole that's twice as wide as your azalea's root ball. But if you buy in spring when the azaleas are blooming, you'll be assured of getting the colors you want. (Shammarello). Assuming you are not growing a bonsai, you’ll want to ensure you have a good sized container. My own experience is confined to a part of the city of Toronto along the shore of Lake Ontario, where USDA Zone 6/7 conditions prevail. The native soil is a silty loam with a pH of 6.4 to 6.9. Azaleas are in the same plant family as blueberries and other shrubs sometimes called "acid-loving" plants.To reach their full potential for health and beauty, azaleas and other acid-lovers need acidic soil with a pH range near 4.0 to 5.5. Spring and fall, when temperatures are cool, are excellent times. Large containers placed in a shady area will provide a nice habitat for the azaleas until they can be planted in the ground. 6.  The flowers virtually smother the plants. Widely grown lavender-pink ‘P.J.M.’ rhododendron (R. [PJM Group] ‘P.J.M.’) (Photo by Stephen Westcott-Gratton) The colour spectrum of my garden widened dramatically this week as the first rhododendrons began to flower in various shades of white, pink, orange, red and magenta. R. kaempferi species of deciduous azaleas are native to eastern Canada and several more species are found in New England. (Kurume). (King; an American Kurume). A few flowers can even be found in September. York University Some years, strangely, the leaves interfere with the flowers, other years the flowers stand out impressively. At its peak by the 1st of June for me, earlier if the spring is warm. Thanks to several breeders there is a good selection of fine plants bred for cold hardiness. Public Domain, via … Very low and must be covered with branches in the winter (but worth trying in areas with reliable snow cover). 'Rosebud' But I know others who have grown evergreen azaleas with fair success in Orono, Ontario (Zone 5b), and even in Zone 5a, in Orleans, near Ottawa, and within Ottawa itself (the Dominion Arboretum) in spite of severe minimum temperatures during the 1993-94 winter. Pruning is seldom required for your azaleas and rhododendrons. With thousands of varieties, there are rhododendrons and azaleas for just about every landscape situation. I will be specific, then, about my own experiences and hope they will encourage others to grow them outside the traditional "azalea belt" of the U.S. South. With the short zone 3 growing seasons, you don’t want to waste your space on plants that need to be babied. Azaleas are relatively easy to grow and long lived if given reasonable care. White hose-in-hose flowers are to my mind less beautifully shaped and positioned on the plant than 'Snowball'. Most species of azaleas native to North America evolved the southeast U.S. and will grow best in USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 6 to 8. Plant them in blazing hot sun and they may suffer leaf scorch or become targets for leaf-sucking pests, such as spider mites and lace bugs. Some Glenn Dale (Washington, D.C.) hybrids are also good choices, and I have great hopes so far for 'Festive', which has white flowers, striped and sectored with dull rose. Just as you can not cut a tree trunk in half and expect each piece to grow (they will not), this doesn’t work. A popular white, with medium sized starry flowers that smother the plant in late May to early June. The flowers are very large, reminiscent of the Deep South, but so are the leaves. Azaleas and Rhododendrons are not difficult to grow but have special cultural requirements. In Orono, Ontario, I am informed that the plant has survived for 15 years, but struggles. 'Snow' Popular in Southern-style gardens, the azalea plant is often grown as … 'Kaempo'* 'Girard's Kathy'* If you're unsure about the pH of your soil and whether or not it's suitable for growing azaleas it's a good idea to test the soil pH in the planting area. Azaleas are bright and colorful and a sure sign spring has arrived. (North Tisbury). Two specimens: one, under a dripping eaves, was killed in the '93-'94 winter; the other, in an un-amended area, is cutting size and fine. Only part of the garden was amended with mushroom compost (which I do not recommend because it can be saline), pine bark and peat. Luminous pink, reliable, flat-topped. As things are, evergreen azaleas are underused in Southern Ontario. The following is a list of the evergreen azaleas I have been growing long enough to make notes about their performance; except where another city is indicated, the azaleas are grown in my Toronto garden. Toronto, Ontario Canada. /en-ca/library/flowers-landscaping/planting-azaleas, https://www.miraclegro.com/sites/g/files/oydgjc111/files/styles/large/public/asset_images/article/content-article/Planting_and_Growing_Azaleas_320x180.jpg?itok=ouNZawBJ, Miracle-Gro® Water Soluble Evergreen & Acid-Loving Plant Food 28-10-10, Miracle-Gro® Garden Soil for Trees & Shrubs, Miracle-Gro® Water Soluble Azalea, Camellia, Rhododendron Plant Food. How to Grow and Care for Azaleas in Containers. Very late, blooming from late June or July into August. They can survive minimum temperatures of -10 to 20 degrees … Semi-double deep reddish pink flowers. The best thing you can do to protect your azaleas is replant them in a container that can be brought indoors, or surround your azaleas with deer resistant plants. Start by using hand pruners or loppers to remove any branches that stick out significantly from the rest of the bush. A June bloomer with hose-in-hose soft, clear pink flowers and a darker flare in the throat. A semi-shaded position, with morning sun, results in better quality flowers and a longer flowering period. Quite a beauty. Southern Ontario only partly meets these requirements, but if care is taken to choose the hardier kinds, the right soil and location, success can be achieved. Kurume hybrids, like 'Coral Bells,' ' Hinodegiri,' and 'Hershey's Red,' are dense, slow growers with small leaves.They bloom early and profusely in spring, flowers hiding the foliage, and grow … Both of my specimens have been hardy and reliable. (Shammarello). Azaleas have shallow roots, and prefer moist, well-drained soil with a pH between 4.5 and 6.0. They can drop some leaves if there's no snow cover, but they always bloom. 'Delicatissimum' Most varieties will grow in a container without any issues. Summer planting is okay, but you'll have to water more frequently during hot weather. However, I now fertilize twice a year - in the spring and early summer - with a high nitrogen fertilizer because of the greedy roots of nearby maples. To raise the pH (make more alkaline) you can add pelletized limestone to the soil. To help conserve water, maintain soil temperature, and discourage weeds, mulch these shrubs with pine straw or … Hedge plants used decoratively are often trimmed to precise sizes and shapes and may be either evergreen or deciduous shrubs. Most amateur gardeners do not grow rhododendrons from seed, as they take between 2-10 years to flower. (Gable). Shows colour in bud in early May, blooms from mid to late May into June. The soils of Southern Ontario are mostly rich tills, ranging in structure from sandy and well-drained, north of Lake Erie, to the poorly drained gleysols of the Niagara, to the varied sand and clay of Toronto. It dies out eventually in Orono, Ontario. A self-cleaning favourite of mine and a good-doer. (Gartrell). Not a good-doer. 'Shinnyo-no-tsuki' Dies out in Orono, Ontario; is currently being tested in Orleans, Ontario. Spring and fall, when temperatures are cool, are excellent times. 3.  Plants can be selected to have flowers from spring to mid-summer, into late July or early August. (a double form of Easy to grow, azaleas make a colorful complement to any landscape. Indoor Growing Grow gift azaleas indoors whenever you receive them to enjoy the blooms. 'Herbert' But the vast majority of azaleas people grow fall into one of three classes. A July bloomer, if it feels like it, which in my garden it mostly does not. Very much a good-doer in Southern Ontario; it withstood the bitter '93-'94 winter (coldest in 75 years, reaching -15°F/-26°C), and though the leaves were desiccated after the dry '95-'96 winter, it bloomed well and recovered very quickly. If sheltered from the wind, they tolerate some winter sun. Like 'Dayspring', did badly in winter sun and wind, but very well after its move into high shade. 'I'll Be Damned'* Hardy, a good-doer for many in Southern Ontario. Survived the '93-'94 winter under snow, didn't bloom, lost all its leaves in the mildish '94-'95 winter, didn't bloom. Companion plants that like the same conditions: heaths and heather, mountain laurel, leucothoe, bog rosemary, pieris, bearberry and blueberries. Azaleas prefer a little sun and a little shade. (Shammarello). When choosing your container, make sure there is enough room for the root ball.If the pot is too small it will limit the growth.Make sure the pot has sufficient drainage holes. A month after planting, feed your azalea with a plant food formulated for acid-loving plants, such as Miracle-Gro® Water Soluble Azalea, Camellia, Rhododendron Plant Food. 'Blaauw's Pink' White, foliage covers the flowers a bit. Azalea grouping at the Toronto home of Laura Grant. It also helps to amend the soil with compost beforehand. 1.  They are forgiving of summer heat and humidity, and the flowers are less prone to wilting than deciduous azaleas. To get them healthy again, prune off any damaged parts (but not your new growth). (Satsuki). Very beautiful and floriferous, but not heavy in leaf at any season. Rather slow-growing and not tremendously leafy; a good-doer none the less. , Magnolia acuminata (Kurume). Deciduous Azaleas. You can quickly test soil pH with an inexpensive soil pH tester probe. Adjust the pH, as needed. Blooms late June to July. ©2020 The Scotts Company LLC, all rights reserved. To raise the pH (make more alkaline) you can add pelletized limestone to the soil. Anyone who would like more specific information about our conditions, to see if they are comparable to their own, is welcome to contact me directly. Parts ( but worth trying in can you grow azaleas in ontario with reliable snow cover, as many. In bud in early to mid-June that need to be babied in better quality flowers and a little sun wind! ' path, and they wo n't bloom, you 'll be assured of the... 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