The Q&A Archives: Arctic Rose Azelea

Question: I recently purchased an existing home. There are several plants on the North side of the house(very shady)that are not doing very well. I recently transplanted them and while doing so, noticed a red tag identifying the plants as Arctic Rose Azelea (tm). I have searched to find out more about this type of azelea but haven't been successful. What is the scientific name for this plant and what should i know about it?

Answer: Azalea 'Arctic Rose' is an evergreen shrub with variegated leaves and rose-colored flowers. The leaves have narrow white margins. It will grow in full sun to part shade, is hardy to -10F, prefers moist, well-drained, slightly acidic soils. 'Arctic Rose grows 2-3' tall and wide at maturity. For best flowering, move your azalea to a site with morning sunshine (the leaves tend to scald in hot afternoon sunshine, especially in the summertime). Amend the soil with some peat moss or compost when planting, then mulch over the soil surface with 2-3 inches of organic matter to help slow water evaporation. Feed your azalea with an acidified fertilizer in the early spring (in amounts as suggested on the fertilizer label). Keep it well watered (one-inch per week) during the growing season and it should regain its health. Best wishes with your new landscape.

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