Azalea

There are many species of azaleas, all having very beautiful flowers ranging from scarlet and crimson to the palest pink, and white. They should be potted in autumn and grown in sandy peat and loam. It is necessary to pot them very firmly.

Repotting should be done after the flowering period, which is in March to May, although if the plants are grown in a temperature of 70° F. they may be had in flower at Christmas. After the flowering period, they should be syringed morning and evening to encourage new shoots.

In Juno the plants may be stood in the open garden in a sunny position to ripen the new flowering shoots for next years blooms. Propagate by cuttings of half-ripened wood early in summer. For the best named varieties a growers catalogue should be consulted, as the finest plants are to be found among the garden hybrids.

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