The easy-to-grow silver sword azalea has a number of monikers by which it is commonly known, including Rhododendron Silver Sword, Jse azalea, and evergreen azalea, but is most commonly called simply "silver sword azalea." This hardy evergreen produces gorgeous star shaped blossoms during the spring growing season, and is surprisingly resistant to a multitude of common garden diseases and pests. This is good news for the beginning gardener who is seeking a sure bet to add color, stability, and variety to any size garden or landscape design.
Preparing to Grow Silver Sword Azaleas
Silver sword azalea enjoys partial and full sunlight but is not overly fond of full shade. Since the silver sword azalea blooms in spring time, and the plant is slow growing, planting as early as the fall before blooming is desired is the best strategy.
Planting Silver Sword Azaleas
Silver sword azaleas prefer mildly acidic soil that is equally proportioned between soil, sand, and some sort of mulch or organic material that allows for adequate aeration and drainage. To plant, prepare a hole that is equal in depth to the new root ball and a few inches wider on each side than the new root ball. Leave adequate space between each new root ball to account for the width of developing azalea bushes. Build up the soil and mulch combination around the root ball to form a short mound, but do not mulch the emerging root stem. Finally, water the new root ball thoroughly.
Caring for Silver Sword Azaleas
Azaleas require little maintenance and care other than watering and occasional fertilization. As evergreens, silver sword azaleas retain their leaves for two full seasons before dropping, and bloom very reliably each spring, provided minimal care needs are met. Following these simple steps ensures lovely azaleas for years to come.