Monday, June 18, 2007

KALMIAS


Kalmias are in the Ericaceae Family and are related to Rhododendrons. In the trio, traditionally Azaleas bloom first, then Rhodys, followed by the Kalmias. All take similar care, needing moist acidic soil that is full of organic material, moist air, and light fertilization when first showing growth in Spring and immediately after blooming. I have mine located in partial sun, trying to shelter them from the hottest afternoon heat. Giving them good light ensures higher bloom count. One wonderful attribute about Kalmias is that the buds set weeks before they bloom and are very ornamental. Each flower bud looks like a little turban hat. Very Cool! Kalmias come in many colour combinations and newer hybirds are being introduced each year. A head node to P.J., who grows these for the nursery I buy for. Thanks P.J.

11 comments:

lisa said...

I love these, too! Not much luck growing them so far...my soil is too sandy/dry I think. But I amend religiously with horse manure, so I'll give them a try again after a spot gets "prepped". I think I like 'Olympic Fire' best. Do you find any one variety easier to grow?

Blackswamp_Girl said...

Bob, I found you via Lisa's blog... and I'm enjoying the heck out of your posts! I have never noticed my doublefile viburnum putting forth any berries, but now you have me curious--I'm going to abstain from my viburnum clean up and see if I notice anything this year.

Bob said...

Lisa, they all do real well here in the Northwest. I'm not familiar with 'Olympic fire' but I'll have to check it out.

BOB

Bob said...

Blackswamp Girl, the easiest way to tell the two apart is one is a lace-cap, and the other has a small mophead type flower, like in the picture.

BOB

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