Rhododendron Vaseyi or Pinkshell Azalea

Rhododendron Vaseyi

Pinkshell Azalea

Ericaceae

Rhododendron Vaseyi

The pinkshell azalea, a deciduous North American species from North Carolina, was named after G. S. Vasey, who discovered it in 1878. It grows to a height of 4 to 5m (13 to 16 ft) and produces a profusion of pale pink to reddish flowers, only 3cm (1 in) across, in May before the leaves open. The leaves turn red in the autumn. It is readily propagated by means of seeds and often seeds itself.

Unlike evergreen rhododendrons, azaleas are generally propagated by means of seeds. The capsules are collected when they begin to split and stored in a well-ventilated room for the winter. The seeds fall out of the capsules shortly before sowing, usually in late February or March, when they should be sown in dishes filled with a mixture of equal parts of leafmould, peat and sand, spread over the surface and covered with a thin layer of the mixture. The dishes are then covered with glass. The seeds are not watered but only misted, as a rule once a day in the morning. The dishes are placed in a warm place in light (in the greenhouse they should be slightly shaded). In July the seedlings are picked out into frames and provided with a protective cover for the winter. Not till the third year are they planted out in their permanent site.

02. May 2011 by Dave Pinkney
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