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Old 13-05-2003, 11:56 PM
Anne Lurie
 
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Actually, the header is a misnomer -- I meant that I'm asking a new
question about azaleas, not about new azaleas, but what the heck!

Among the many azaleas here when we bought our house in 1998 are two *large*
ones, planted in less than optimal locations -- too close to each other &
too close to our house -- which I have pruned severely on several
occasions in the last 5 years, most recently so the housepainter could get
near the house to paint it.

My question: could anyone point me toward a source for identifying these
monsters? I'm apparently doing something right as far as maintaining them,
but I'd like to get an idea what they might be. Right now, these things are
taller than I am; I'd guess that they could grow 3 or 4 feet a year (based
on what they have done in the past, including last year's drought).

Just for fun -- and because I'm constantly trying to find reasons to have
less grass to mow -- I'd like to try planting an azalea of this type
(moving either of these is out of the question unless MacDaddy wants to pay
me to take it away), just to see what it could do if it actually had some
space to call its own!

Anne Lurie
NE Raleigh






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Old 14-05-2003, 02:44 AM
Baine Carruthers
 
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How about a description of flowers, color, blooming period? Being large
narrows the choices down considerably. The more common varieties of azaleas
are fairly easy to identify.

--
Baine

"Anne Lurie" wrote in message
om...
Actually, the header is a misnomer -- I meant that I'm asking a new
question about azaleas, not about new azaleas, but what the heck!

Among the many azaleas here when we bought our house in 1998 are two

*large*
ones, planted in less than optimal locations -- too close to each other

&
too close to our house -- which I have pruned severely on several
occasions in the last 5 years, most recently so the housepainter could get
near the house to paint it.

My question: could anyone point me toward a source for identifying these
monsters? I'm apparently doing something right as far as maintaining

them,
but I'd like to get an idea what they might be. Right now, these things

are
taller than I am; I'd guess that they could grow 3 or 4 feet a year (based
on what they have done in the past, including last year's drought).

Just for fun -- and because I'm constantly trying to find reasons to

have
less grass to mow -- I'd like to try planting an azalea of this type
(moving either of these is out of the question unless MacDaddy wants to

pay
me to take it away), just to see what it could do if it actually had some
space to call its own!

Anne Lurie
NE Raleigh








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Old 14-05-2003, 04:20 PM
Fran Wagstaff
 
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I do believe the Azalea I'll be attempting to propogate may be the
same variety as you are speaking. Someone mentioned a little more
detail may help in answering your question. Since I think we have the
same type, here's a description of mine.

My Azalea has multiple stems coming from the ground, and they all
raise into the air having a mushroom shape right now. I guess "top
heavy" would be a good descriptor. Of course, since I've never trimmed
the big guy, that probably explains the shape! The color of mine is a
pale pink (or was, since right now those blooms are yellowing and
falling to the ground), and has a new growth of leaves emerging. The
last couple of weeks, the pink buds were in full bloom, but it started
turning over this past weekend. As for the height, at it's tallest
point, it's about midway my first floor windows. As for width, it's
almost the entire the length of my 4 door sedan, which is always
parked beside the Azalea.

Like you Anne, it's placed between two other shrubs, also large, and
restricted by the driveway and the house. I, too, can't help but
wonder how large this plant could become. As noted earlier, I have a
vision of these huge pale pink Azaeleas along the back of my property.
Considering the size of this one, I'm thinking several of them would
make a beautiful hedgelike fence. Now, I'm wondering, how far apart
should I plant (once those cuttings are ready to go into the ground)?
If the size of the mother plant is any indication, I'm thinking a
minimum of 6 feet!

Fran

"Anne Lurie" wrote in message . com...

My question: could anyone point me toward a source for identifying these
monsters? I'm apparently doing something right as far as maintaining them,
but I'd like to get an idea what they might be. Right now, these things are
taller than I am; I'd guess that they could grow 3 or 4 feet a year (based
on what they have done in the past, including last year's drought).

Just for fun -- and because I'm constantly trying to find reasons to have
less grass to mow -- I'd like to try planting an azalea of this type
(moving either of these is out of the question unless MacDaddy wants to pay
me to take it away), just to see what it could do if it actually had some
space to call its own!

Anne Lurie
NE Raleigh

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Old 14-05-2003, 11:20 PM
Baine Carruthers
 
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It sounds like a formosa. Try this link for a pictu
http://www.floridata.com/tracks/Azal...ry/formosa.htm

http://www.ortongardens.com/formosa.htm


--
Baine

"Fran Wagstaff" wrote in message
m...
I do believe the Azalea I'll be attempting to propogate may be the
same variety as you are speaking. Someone mentioned a little more
detail may help in answering your question. Since I think we have the
same type, here's a description of mine.

My Azalea has multiple stems coming from the ground, and they all
raise into the air having a mushroom shape right now. I guess "top
heavy" would be a good descriptor. Of course, since I've never trimmed
the big guy, that probably explains the shape! The color of mine is a
pale pink (or was, since right now those blooms are yellowing and
falling to the ground), and has a new growth of leaves emerging. The
last couple of weeks, the pink buds were in full bloom, but it started
turning over this past weekend. As for the height, at it's tallest
point, it's about midway my first floor windows. As for width, it's
almost the entire the length of my 4 door sedan, which is always
parked beside the Azalea.

Like you Anne, it's placed between two other shrubs, also large, and
restricted by the driveway and the house. I, too, can't help but
wonder how large this plant could become. As noted earlier, I have a
vision of these huge pale pink Azaeleas along the back of my property.
Considering the size of this one, I'm thinking several of them would
make a beautiful hedgelike fence. Now, I'm wondering, how far apart
should I plant (once those cuttings are ready to go into the ground)?
If the size of the mother plant is any indication, I'm thinking a
minimum of 6 feet!

Fran

"Anne Lurie" wrote in message

. com...

My question: could anyone point me toward a source for identifying

these
monsters? I'm apparently doing something right as far as maintaining

them,
but I'd like to get an idea what they might be. Right now, these things

are
taller than I am; I'd guess that they could grow 3 or 4 feet a year

(based
on what they have done in the past, including last year's drought).

Just for fun -- and because I'm constantly trying to find reasons to

have
less grass to mow -- I'd like to try planting an azalea of this type
(moving either of these is out of the question unless MacDaddy wants to

pay
me to take it away), just to see what it could do if it actually had

some
space to call its own!

Anne Lurie
NE Raleigh




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dookie
 
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www.azaleas.org ...everything you could possibly want to know and then some.

dookie


"Anne Lurie" wrote in message
om...
Actually, the header is a misnomer -- I meant that I'm asking a new
question about azaleas, not about new azaleas, but what the heck!

Among the many azaleas here when we bought our house in 1998 are two

*large*
ones, planted in less than optimal locations -- too close to each other

&
too close to our house -- which I have pruned severely on several
occasions in the last 5 years, most recently so the housepainter could get
near the house to paint it.

My question: could anyone point me toward a source for identifying these
monsters? I'm apparently doing something right as far as maintaining

them,
but I'd like to get an idea what they might be. Right now, these things

are
taller than I am; I'd guess that they could grow 3 or 4 feet a year (based
on what they have done in the past, including last year's drought).

Just for fun -- and because I'm constantly trying to find reasons to

have
less grass to mow -- I'd like to try planting an azalea of this type
(moving either of these is out of the question unless MacDaddy wants to

pay
me to take it away), just to see what it could do if it actually had some
space to call its own!

Anne Lurie
NE Raleigh









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