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Will the azalea flowers peak around the time of the Azalea Festival this year?

Mike Voorheis

The home of Hank and Debbie Phillips was one of the stops on the Cape Fear Garden Club Azalea Festival Garden Tour in 2012. StarNews photo by Paul Stephen.

Q. What is the projection for the peak flowering of azealas this year. Will they be gone before this year’s Azealea Festival or right on time?

A.  A quick Google search revealed that azalea blossoms are expected to bloom around March 23-April 2 in the southern provinces, on April 4-10 in the central regions, and around April 11 or later in northern Gyeonggi-do and northern and mountain areas in Gangwon-do. But that information was from the VisitKorea website.

So let’s assume that you’d rather know when azaleas will be in bloom in Wilmington.

Charlotte Glen, an extension agent with the N.C. Cooperative Extension in Pender County, writes a column that appears weekly in the StarNews.

She said the azalea blooms are dependent on the weather. As soon as the weather warms, the blooms will explode with color. An individual azalea bush will bloom for about two weeks, but some start earlier than others, Glen said. That leaves about a one-month azalea season.

The N.C. Azalea Festival is a little later this year, but colder temperatures have persisted late into winter and now, early spring. So unless Southeastern North Carolina experiences a sudden heat wave, there should be a decent crop of azaleas to serve as the backdrop for all those Azalea Festival photo ops.

In 2012, there was concern that the azaleas would wither before the festival. And Chuck Kays, the 2012 president, joked that he would truck in azaleas if he had to.


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