Will Alaska Azaleas Grow In Afternoon Sun?

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Can they grow successfully in afternoon sun ? There is some shade.


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Answer #1 · Maple Tree's Answer · Hi Jane-The Alaska Azalea is one of my favorites. Although there are many beautiful flowering azaleas there is none in my opinion as beautiful and as pure white as this one. Many nurseries sell this azalea as a sun azalea. This azalea has never done well in afternoon sun for me. I don't think of them as sun azaleas only as a sun tolerant azalea. Any I have planted in full sun have shown their dislike for hot afternoon sunlight. I have a few planted in full sun but these plants are always thin on foliage with leaves lighter in color and many that burn in the hot sun. This azalea does extremely well in well lit shade, filtered sun or morning sun/afternoon shade. Although they may survive or tolerate full sun in cooler locations you would never want to plant them against a south or west facing wall. The added reflected heat would definitely have them stressed all summer.

The Alaska Azalea definitely should be planted in the shade or at least a location with morning sun only. Correct planting of the azalea in a well draining soil is also extremely important to keep any azalea healthy and keep this azalea's flowers looking pure white untill finished blooming. Too much water (too wet a soil and overhead watering) can not only cause root rot but fungal diseases such as petal blight that can wilt and brown the flowers.

I noted a few links to the Alaska Azalea plant file and articles in Gardenality that may be helpful and interesting to you. These articles will give you an introduction to azaleas, correct planting, fertilization, and pruning. There are several articles on azaleas you can go to by typing the word Azalea in the search box under the 'Plants' tab above.

http://www.gardenality.com/Plants/1004/Shrubs/Alaska-Azalea.html

http://www.gardenality.com/Articles/118/Plants/Shrubs/An-Introduction-to-Azaleas/default.html

http://www.gardenality.com/Articles/958/How-To-Info/Planting/How-To-Plant-An-Azalea-Camellia-Or-Rhododendron/default.html

http://www.gardenality.com/Articles/111/How-To-Info/Fertilizing/How-To-Fertilize-Azaleas-Camellias-Rhododendrons/default.html

If you have the proper location for the Alaska Azalea I think you would be very happy with this cultivar. I is definitely one of my most abundant bloomers. Here in Zone 9 I have it many times blooming in the Spring and fall. Please let me know if you have any other questions.

John)



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Answer #2 · Jane Simmons's Answer · Thank you John,
Seems pretty sound advise to me. I had a guess this might have been the case but needed some verification as I have never owned azaleas before. Therefore, I am looking for another spot to put them...............
PS Thanks also for the related articles, Jane)


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Maple Tree

Maple Tree · Gardenality Genius · Zone 10A · 30° to 35° F
You're very welcome. You might also look at the Encore Azaleas. These varieties are more sun tolerant but still appreciate afternoon shade in the more southern warmer climates. You can find several Encore Azalea plant files when searching under the plants tab above.

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Gardenality.com · Gardenality Genius · Zone 8A · 10° to 15° F
I agree with, John. Most azaleas will appreciate some afternoon shade or filtered sun during the hottest part of the day in warmer climates.

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Jane Simmons · Gardenality Seed · Zone 8A · 10° to 15° F
I think they are Encore azaleas that I bought (they are pink)and I will use these in the space where I was going to put the white .... but .Difficult to track the sun at this point because it becomes higher in the sky and the area that WAS shaded , might not be later. :)

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Maple Tree

Maple Tree · Gardenality Genius · Zone 10A · 30° to 35° F
Jane-The changing amount of sun and shade can make gardening or enjoying some plants we would like to use more challenging. I enjoy having my gardens with plenty of flowering color year round so changing my gardens plant life is a never ending endevor as the sunlight changes through the seasons. If you don't have many areas of shade in your garden you might think about planting some azaleas you would like in pots. They do very well in containers and can be moved throughout you gardens or around your home in different location during the year. I have several azaleas in pots that I set in my gardens enjoying their great color in the spring and early summer and then move them under some shade in the hottest months of the year. Some will bloom in the fall so I bring them back out in the gardens and patios to enjoy for awhile longer. Let me know how you make out with your new azalea plantings.

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Gardenality.com · Gardenality Genius · Zone 8A · 10° to 15° F
Out of all the varieties of azaleas I've grown, the Southern Indicas and some of the Encores tolerate more sun than any others. I've got Encore Amethyst and Twist growing in a location that gets full sun from about 11am to 4 pm, and filtered sun before and after and they do quite well.

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