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The University of Latvia Botanical Garden's Collection of Azaleas

Code: A-091-19-AM
Author: Ausma Melluma
Photo taken on April 3, 2019
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Azaleas /əˈzeɪliə/ are flowering shrubs in the genus Rhododendron, particularly the former sections Tsutsuji (evergreen) and Pentanthera (deciduous). Azaleas bloom in spring, their flowers often lasting several weeks. Shade tolerant, they prefer living near or under trees. They are part of the family Ericaceae.

Cultivation
Plant enthusiasts have selectively bred azaleas for hundreds of years. This human selection has produced over 10,000 different cultivars which are propagated by cuttings. Azalea seeds can also be collected and germinated.

Azaleas are generally slow-growing and do best in well-drained acidic soil (4.5–6.0 pH). Fertilizer needs are low. Some species need regular pruning.

Azaleas are native to several continents including Asia, Europe and North America. They are planted abundantly as ornamentals in the southeastern US, southern Asia, and parts of southwest Europe.

According to azalea historian Fred Galle, in the United States, Azalea indica (in this case, the group of plants called Southern indicas) was first introduced to the outdoor landscape in the 1830s at the rice plantation Magnolia-on-the-Ashley in Charleston, South Carolina. From Philadelphia, where they were grown only in greenhouses, John Grimke Drayton (Magnolia's owner) imported the plants for use in his estate garden. With encouragement from Charles Sprague Sargent from Harvard's Arnold Arboretum, Magnolia Gardens was opened to the public in 1871, following the American Civil War. Magnolia is one of the oldest public gardens in America. Since the late 19th century, in late March and early April, thousands visit to see the azaleas bloom in their full glory.
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Greenhouse of Azaleas of the Univesity Of Latvia Botanical Garden is open for visitors - February, March and the beginning of April is time for magnificent blooming of the greatest Azalea collection in Baltic countries!

Greenhouse Azalea varieties are widely known indoor plants that blossom during late autumn and dark winter months. The collection of the Botanical Garden of the University of Latvia contains 125 varieties, selected in Europe, Russia, Ukraine, and Latvia. Many of plants are more than 50 years old with their crowns reaching impressive dimensions.

Since 1957 professor Rihards Kondratovis has been systematically dealt with selection work, as a result the largest greenhouse azalea collection in Latvia and Baltic states has been created.

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The University of Latvia Botanical Garden's Collection of Azaleas

Code: A-091-19-AM
Author: Ausma Melluma
Photo taken on April 3, 2019
S 2000 x 1333 px
2.82 MB
M 3000 x 2000 px
25.4 x 16.93 cm / 300 dpi
L 5670 x 3780 px
48.01 x 32 cm / 300 dpi
17.8 MB
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