Azaleas can be grown outdoors or indoors. They are popular houseplants grown for their abundance of beautiful, long lasting flowers that come in pink, white, red, and lavender. They will add colour and life to any home decor. Bloom times will vary for indoor azaleas, but will last about 3-4 weeks. They grow to be about 2 feet tall; dwarf azaleas will be smaller.
That being said, azaleas are poisonous. Keep away from young children and pets. Or better yet, do not grow azaleas if you have young children or pets present. There are many other beautiful houseplants to choose from, like African violets or air plants.
Azalea Care Tips
- When in bloom, place azalea in bright, indirect light. When the plant is not in bloom, move it in the shade.
- Azaleas do best in cool temperatures. Protect plant from heat sources and drafts, as flower buds may wilt and turn brown. If your azalea does not bloom, the indoor temperature is too warm. Turn down your thermostat.
- Azaleas prefers a humid environment, which can be achieved by using a humidifier.
- Keep soil moist and try not to let the soil dry out completely, as the flowers and leaves will wilt.
- Azaleas prefer acid soil. To increase the acidity, you could add a few tablespoons of vinegar to a gallon of water.
- Azaleas can be propagated from stem cuttings, but they tend to be slow to root.
- Most people will throw out the plant once it has bloomed, but it can re-bloom with a little bit of care. It needs at least 2 months of cold temperatures in the fall and winter to produce buds.
- Pruning the plant yearly will encourage new blooms. Remove dead and damages leaves, flowers and branches. Do not leave any fallen plant material to sit in the soil, as it can cause disease.
- Fertilizing during the growing season will keep the plant healthy and flowering. You will need to fertilize about twice a year. Do not over fertilize, as it can burn the plant.
- Repot only when necessary, about every 3 years. Azaleas actually do best when slightly pot-bound. If you need to repot, wait until the plant is done flowering.
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