Azalea is an outdoor plant with pink flowers placed in a clay pot. Elegant and beautiful, it is the perfect choice for those who want to create a beautiful outdoor space.
It is an ornamental flowering shrub, a plant of the rhododendron family that originates from the Upper East. The great aesthetic value of the azalea is based on its rich and dense flowering in spring, as its flowers, single or double, in various colors, monochrome or bicolor, remain on the plant for several weeks. Azalea is widely used by profesional and amateurs gardeners both as an indoor and outdoor plant.
What is the proper mounting location for the azalea?
It should be placed in semi-shady places, protected from north winds, as it prefers medium temperatures and high humidity. It is relatively drought resistant, the azalea prefers daylight, rather than the bright midday sun. Especially in the summer months, we must ensure a shady place in the azalea, otherwise it will show a significant fall of leaves.
What soil does the azalea need to thrive?
Azalea belongs to the acidophilous plants such as gardenia, hydrangea and camellia. It needs acidic soil, rich in organic matter to grow. If you want to transplant it in your garden, you need to create an acidic environment in the planting hole by adding a mixture of peat, melted leaves and citrus peels.
What is the need of azalea for watering and fertilizing?
The azalea has increased demands on humidity and this is why we water it every 2-3 days, while in the summer period we should water it every 1-2 days. Regarding the fertilization of the azalea, we incorporate a complete fertilizer, special for acid leaf plants, every month, during the flowering period and every two months the rest of the year. Additionally we use water-soluble iron fertilizer in chelated form, at intervals, as it is very beneficial for the azalea cause it offers deep green healthy foliage.
One last tip for caring for azaleas
If you notice closed flowers of the plant, then this is most likely due to excessive moisture due to watering. In this case, reduce the frequency of watering and check that the water is effectively removed from the pot.