February 2019 Newsletter: Azaleas, Roses & Palm Trees


Azaleas are awakening this month and will put on their flower show for the next few weeks. Formosa Azaleas have large showy flowers that start blooming this month. They grow a little larger to about 4’ – 8’. There are several varieties to choose from: Lavender- pink/lavender flowers; Red- burgundy/magenta flowers; George Tabor- light pink with dark pink throat flowers; and Gerbing-white flowers. Consider adding in some lower growing varieties that are also repeat bloomers (spring and fall) like Fashion Azaleas.

See plant profile for more information on Azaleas!


February is the month to prune your well established fortuniana roses. Pruning also encourages blooming. Prune back about 1/3 of the plant and remove all suckers and leaves. Roses do not go dormant in Florida so you need to create dormancy for them. Remove fallen leaves from underneath and around the plants and keep mulch back from the rose plants. This will help reduce fungal diseases.

Prune your Knock Out Roses and Drift Roses now if they look tired and thin. Trim them back about 1/3 as well and fertilize with Nurserymen Sure Gro 8-4-12 Palm Fertilizer or Nurserymen Sure Gro 6-8-10 Bloomer. They will respond beautifully. Knock Out and Drift Roses do not need a dormant period- trimming to create density will suffice.

Palm Trees:

Consider adding cold hardy palms to your landscape now. VerdeGo has an abundance of such palms in many different sizes. Palms like Pindo Palms, Sylvesters, European Fan Palms, Windmill Palms, Sabals (the state tree of Florida!) and Ribbon Palms.

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