How fast do Encore azaleas grow?
Hi! I just bought 2 Encore azaleas for our flower beds. The instructions say they will grow to be approximately 3 1/2 ft wide and 4 ft tall. This will fill our space when they are fully grown. About how long does it take to reach this size? What is the best fertilizer for these plant?
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Thanks for writing. How fast they grow depends on a lot of factors, including how large they are now, what the growing conditions are like, what kind of weather you have, etc.

A general rule is that the smaller a plant's mature size is, the slower it grows. So if you have a young plant, it may take 5 or more years to reach its full size.

What's the best fertilizer to use? That depends on your soil though the basic rule of thumb is that a general-purpose garden fertilizer is a good bet. If you have rich soil or amend it with compost, you probably don't need any fertilizer. If your soil has a medium to high pH, you might look at a product designed for use on hollies/evergreens/azaleas/rhododendrons that prefer acidic soil.

Thanks for writing. I hope this helps!

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