‘Gilbert Mullie’ is a compact, bushy, evergreen Azalea. From mid-spring it blooms and produces masses of trumpet-shaped, coral to rose pink flowers surrounded by glossy, dark-green foliage.
Easy to grow, this versatile Azalea can be grown in containers and is also brilliant for using in rockeries, small gaps and patio corners. This hardy Azalea is happy facing any aspect and will thrive in both the full sun or partial shade as long as it is planted in moist but well-drained soil.
- Arrives as: 3L Pot
- Height on Arrival: 20-40cm
- Approx. Growth Height and Spread: 0.75-1.2m x 0.6-1.2m
- Flower Colour: Pink
- Growth Rate: Average
- Evergreen/ Deciduous: Evergreen
- Scented: No
- Hardiness: Hardy
- Position: Sun/ Partial Shade
- Habit: Bushy
- Soil: Ericaceous
Choose a sheltered site with dappled shade, however, dwarf alpine species will tolerate full sun. Avoid sites exposed to early morning sun in spring, as this may damage frosted flowers.
Ensure the soil conditions are correct. Rhododendrons must have moist but well-drained, acid soil between pH 5.0 and 6.0 that is rich in organic matter.
October or March/April are the best times for planting. Don’t plant deeply, as rhododendrons are surface rooters. Apply a loose 8cm mulch of acidic organic material and water well to finish.
If you have alkaline soil, grow rhododendrons and azaleas as container plants. Use ericaceous loam-based compost and repot every other year into fresh compost in spring.
Caring and Maintenance
To keep your plants performing at their best, in spring, apply slow-release ericaceous fertiliser and renew the acidic mulch and keep well watered.
Rhododendrons don’t require pruning apart from removing dead wood and deadheading if practical. If the plant outgrows its space, cutting back is tolerated best from deciduous azaleas and rough-barked rhododendrons. After cutting back, mulch, feed and keep well watered.
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