Two or three of my azaleas -- NOT the ones that are supposed to bloom twice -- have been blooming. They're not blooming

all over like in the spring, but they're definitely blooming. Why do they do this?
q two or three of my azaleas not the ones that are supposed to bloom twice have, flowers, gardening
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  • Douglas Hunt Douglas Hunt on Oct 20, 2012
    I don't think it's that unusual to get a second, smaller bloom on your azaleas, Louise. The ability to do so is probably what led to the development of the Encore azaleas, which do so regularly. I'd say you should simply enjoy the surprise.

  • Louise Louise on Oct 20, 2012
    I'm very happy when they do this. This year it's happening more than in the past. But I'll accept the pretty blooms anytime!

  • 360 Sod (Donna Dixson) 360 Sod (Donna Dixson) on Oct 21, 2012
    Louise, many plants bloom according to day length (how many lumens they receive). This summer (and whenever) we have drought conditions and excessive heat such as we have had this summer and recent summers in the Atlanta area, some of our flowering plants go into a semi-dormant state. So when the temperatures moderate and the plants get water again the dormant bloom buds are fooled into thinking it is time to bloom again. So you will see odd ball blooms unexpectedly.

  • Sherrie S Sherrie S on Oct 21, 2012
    @Louise my azaleas don't do what yours do but my orchids bloom year round. I never question why, I am just happy. Your azaleas are lovely.

  • Louise Louise on Oct 21, 2012
    Thanks. I have a good many azaleas in my yard and in the spring I get lots of nice comments about how pretty they are.