Divided Encores – Update
Late last summer I divided the three Encore azaleas that were originally planted, by nurserymen, two to a pot. Yes, it was a gamble to see if any would survive after being traumatized by me cutting the root balls, with a large butcher knife, in an effort to separate them. But here they are, after a nice cold winter – THRIVING! All are putting out much new growth, and will be nice and full this season. My desire, last year, was to separate the fuchsia Encores from the pale Autumn Twist.
When these were purchased and planted, several years ago, the white blossoms of the Autumn Twist was the look I wanted for this area. Each year I watched those fuchsia blossoms upset the look I was wanting. In these pictures you will see some fuchsia blossoms among the white, in the South Border by the fence. I have closely examined this and know the fuchsia blossoms are on the same branches as the white. How is this happening? In the threesome I thought to be only fuchsia, planted in a triangular shape at the north end of the Patio Sun Bed, there are two that are definitely Autumn Twist and one fuchsia. It is time to just embrace the colors these azaleas are giving to me, naturally, and not fight it! I will use the Encore website to try to determine which variety of the fuchsia I have. So, fellow gardener – be FEARLESS when it comes to experimenting. If you want to try something like cutting apart woody plants, just jump right in and give it a try. It can be exciting and rewarding.