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Azalea Ilam Melford Flame
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Azalea Ilam Melford Flame
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Azalea Ilam Melford Flame
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Azalea Ilam Melford Flame


Short Description
Deciduous Azalea. Flowers bright burnt red to apricot. Deciduous. 2m.


Other Information
NZ cultivar.


Azaleas like an acidic topsoil pH 4.5 to 6. Most topsoil in NZ is 4.8 to 5.2. What is required is a good topsoil, not sand or clay, or artificial compost. The soil should be loose and friable around a newly planted plant. New roots are fine and delicate filaments which will struggle in hard packed ground. Avoid planting in hard packed ground such as lawn areas.

Azaleas can be planted in full sun or partial shade. What matters more is quality of topsoil.

Deciduous Azaleas can be pruned in winter to size and shape, but not every year as it may reduce flowering. Pruning may also help invigorate an old and misshaped plant.

Generally, fertilizer should not be required in good topsoil, but if a fertilizer is required use an NPK fertilizer with Fe (Iron). Apply in small doses on the soil surface within the drip zone. A small plant may only require a teaspoon fill. A larger plant slightly more. Better a little fertilizer every now and then than a lot of fertilizer in one application.

Deciduous azaleas can get affected by thrips and mites which shows as a graying or spotted effect on the leaves, especially in a humid climate. This is not such a problem as the leaves fall off in winter and so the plant cleans itself. If an insecticide is used, apply in mid to late spring after flowering and when leaves start to appear. Do not use insecticide during flowering as it will kill bees.


Flowers bright burnt red to apricot. Deciduous. 2m
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