Azaleas are easy-growing flowering shrubs that produce massive blooms. Most gardeners love to grow them, but they don’t know how to space them properly. During spring, no other flowering shrub comes close to the spectacular beauty of azaleas.
- Plants under 3 feet tall – space the plants at least 2 feet apart
- Plants that can grow up to 3 to 5 feet tall – Leave at least 2 to 3 feet between each plant
- 8 to 10 feet tall plants – Give them at least 4 t 6 feet of spacing
You can grow azaleas from seed. But because most of them are hybrids they rarely produce after the parent plant. The only way to ensure you get a parent plant is to propagate via stem cuttings or stem layering.
- In spring, right after flowering, cut five to six inches in length from the stem tips. The best stems are of a one-year-old that is semi-flexible. They should bend without snapping.
- Remove the leaves from the lower half and trim the ends below the leaf node.
The Step By Step Cutting Preparation Before You Plant Azaleas
Planting azaleas too close to each other reduces airflow for the plants. Lack of enough air moving through the branches slows down the time it takes for the plant for moisture to dry on the branches and leaves.