Azaleas-Blooming Times

Q: I have an azalea bed with at least four different varieties of azaleas. For the past two years, the azaleas all bloomed at different times. Is there any way I can get them to bloom at the same time?

A: There is no way. Different species and varieties of azaleas bloom at different times. There are early, mid-spring and late-spring blooming types. Satsuki (literally “fifth month”) azaleas bloom in May. Encore and Bloomin’ Again azaleas bloom two or three times throughout the year. You can simply enjoy what you have or replace the ones that bloom at the time you don’t like.