Azalea ( Rhododendron ) 'Vivid' - Girard Hybrid
Vivid Azalea is a super compact, tighly branched little azalea that packs a huge colorful punch!! Very small, glossy dark green foliage is totally evergreen..........and literally covered with bright cherry red blooms all spring. Blooms have a semi ruffled look, and are actually a decent size for such a compact little variety. Vivid is known to produce sporadic blooms pretty much all season long, with main color display coming in early to mid spring. Removal of old expired blooms, and planting in a nice semi shaded location with cool soil will help to spur on additional waves of blooms.
This variety makes a great low growing border along shady walkways, foundation plantings on the shadier shade of any house, building, etc. maintains a nice neat shape with minimal trimming & maintenance. On of our favorite Azaleas here at our nursery.
Like all Azaleas, Vivid prefers semi shade, and will even do well in planting locations with mostly shade......does not particularly like strong exposure to strong midday summer sun. Shallow, non aggressive root system makes them a great foundation planting choice, and can even be planted closely together for use as a colorful hedge. This fairly shallow root system however, also requires that Azaleas be given regular waterings - be sure that your Azaleas receive water equivalent to about 1" of rainfall each & every week throughout the growing season.
Plant Facts & Specifications--Mature Height:
2 1/2 - 4 ft
3 - 4 ft
Slow to moderate ( 3" - 6" avg per yr )
8 - 10.....some 7b zone locations if planted in sheltered locations away from cold wintry winds ( if unsure of your zone, please use zone finder below )
Partial to mostly shade
Average to cool moist & fertile. Mulching strongly recommended
--Foliage Color & Texture:
Evergreen broadleaf - small, dark green glossy leaves that are fairly typical of most Girard Hybrid selections. New growth slightly lighter green, maturing to dark green.
--Flower, Cone, Or Berry Facts:
Flowers - this plant is covered in bright cherry red blooms in spring. Blooms average between 1 1/2" - 2" in diameter.
--Diseases / Insects:
some of the more commonly seen pests to try & bother azaleas would be bark scale, azalea lace bugs, leaf miners, and occasionally whiteflies. Diseases are generally not a problem, but following have been noted in many southern warmer zones where extensive humidity moisture can cause the following: gall, powdery mildew, rust, twig blights.
Approx 2 ft apart recommended for hedge planting
--Deer Resistance Rating:
Lowest Resistance [ 1 - 2 - 3- 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9 - 10 ] Highest Resistance
--Fertilization / Feeding :
For maximum health & hardiness, we highly recommend a good grade granular ( preferably organic ) fertilizer / plant food for use with all of our plant species. We personally use, and recommend the Espoma line of organic plant foods, as they are super effective yet gentle enough to use on even the most delicate of evergreen species where fertilizer burn would normally be a major concern. However, a water soluble type plant food (Miracle Gro, or equivalent ) are also acceptable options. Other granular fertilizers with a 6 - 12 - 12, or 10 - 10 - 10 ratio can also be used - but we suggest using them at 1/2 - 3/4 strength to avoid any chemical burn issues to the root system of the plants. Best to fertilize in early spring, and again in mid fall - avoid feeding standard chemical fertilizers during hot summer months, and directly after transplanting. The Espoma Organic Plant Foods may be used at anytime.