Azalea - Progression

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Azalea - Progression

Postby anthonyW » November 7th, 2018, 8:51 pm

Hi Guys

Growing a plant nursery stick in the ground by removing the bottom of the can so bottom roots can escape and help speed up the growing process, but keeping the root ball tight so easier for lifting and less stress to the tree, this helps for quicker recovery and we can squeeze more plants closer together in a smaller growing bed.

When growing this way we must wire and cut for direction down low which will pay dividends later when we pull, just let the top go, only remove up top if you inverse taper could be an issue, this method we can up to larger size can every couple of years, I only upgraded on most once over the few years in the bed, no spring rooster here so time move them along, but if your in know hurry time will help you even more.

The Azalea is Evonne Goolagong

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The red arrow pointing to a very handy and much needed shoot/branch to balance the tree

cheers
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Re: Azalea - Progression

Postby Boics » November 8th, 2018, 8:41 am

Lovely little tree and I'm sure this will look great in flower now.
How long is this progression?
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Re: Azalea - Progression

Postby kcpoole » November 8th, 2018, 5:32 pm

Nice result :yes:
Nice taper and movement.

Yes how long was it in the ground for?

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Re: Azalea - Progression

Postby robb63 » November 8th, 2018, 8:04 pm

this method we can up to larger size can every couple of years, I only upgraded on most once over the few years in the bed, no spring rooster here so time move them along, but if your in know hurry time will help you even more.

According to that I would say Anthony had it in ground 3 years ?, maybe a bit more.
Not sure what roosters in spring are about but my money is on 4 to 5 years total
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Re: Azalea - Progression

Postby anthonyW » November 8th, 2018, 10:40 pm

Cheers Boics, Ken, Rob.

Very good Rob, yes a solid four years in the ground, no spring rooster is me mate, born in the sixties :crikey: haha

In the pot, one year and seven days but who is counting :) , don t disturb the root ball as such and these plants grow like wild fire, as Ken has mentioned in a few azalea threads, in my opinion azaleas would give a healthy fig a good run for its money.

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Re: Azalea - Progression

Postby Isitangus » November 9th, 2018, 11:46 am

I’m super surprised at such good trunk growth/girth over that time period, great work and makes me want to go and plant a few more Azaleas.


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Re: Azalea - Progression

Postby anthonyW » November 9th, 2018, 7:29 pm

Cheers Angus

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Re: Azalea - Progression

Postby anthonyW » March 14th, 2019, 7:33 pm

Getting some more handy grow, a lot of the time my azaleas are just coat hangers for beautiful flowers, but just some times we get a bonsai style spin... sometimes ?

Little more right hand growth to balance needed I feel, not anticipating much flower this season as I have fiddled a bit after the end of January, the cut off for me.....but we have to get the tree all but first...cheers

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Re: Azalea - Progression

Postby MJL » March 14th, 2019, 8:57 pm

Nice progression AnthonyW and a very healthy azalea indeed.

I have a garden full of azaleas (and the founders of the YVBS have some staggering brilliant Azalea Bonsai - breath-taking) and then there the Satsuki group at Trevors... so it's not like I don't have help around! Yet, I don't yet seem to find success with Azalea as Bonsai; my current thinking is that I kill them with love - the few bonsai that I have tried and started to like have died. There went from really healthy of black leaves and dead so quickly. My feeling when I investigated was that they were too wet!

Cheers, for the thread - making me think I should have another crack, there are a few in pot that I am thinking of transferring. Not Satsuki's unfortunately but relatively small leaves and lively flowers nonetheless.
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Re: Azalea - Progression

Postby anthonyW » March 15th, 2019, 7:31 am

Thanks Mark for your kind words.

Stick with them Mark, have you tried the indica/hybrid varieties as most of these that I put up are, I find them very strong growers and forgiving, yes you do get the bigger leaf but with a
slightly bigger tree we balance that problem and remove the bigger rogue leaf here and there to even out the tree, of course watering is the key, then positioning but they do adapt there as I m way 12 hrs and travel with work they hang in there, alot over water when playing with them, most azaleas flag/droop when screaming for water as long as you get the water to them that day your tree will pop back up, now knowing this you can get a feel for watering in pot culture......just don t make habit of the latter learning, you never know where a vegan greenie is stalking Hmmm.... haha

Which part are you struggling with?

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