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Azalea


Azalea blooms for at least one month and can rebloom.
Azalea blooms for at least one month and can rebloom.

The azaleas sold as potted plants are shrubby plants with small, shiny, egg-shaped leaves on numerous thin branches. During their flowering season, which can last a month or more, each branch is tipped with clusters of white, pink, or red flowers.

Often sold as temporary plants, indoor azaleas can be rebloomed if their special needs -- acid soil, cool temperatures, and abundant waterings -- are met when in bloom. They are best placed outside for the summer and brought into a cold room when frost threatens.

Azalea Quick Facts:

 

Scientific Name: Rhododendron sp.

Common Name: Azalea

Light Requirement for Azalea: Bright Light

Water Requirement for Azalea: Very Moist

Humidity for Azalea: High

Temperature for Azalea: Cool to Cold

Fertilizer for Azalea: High Phosphorus

Potting Mix for Azalea: All-Purpose

Propagation of Azalea: Stem Cuttings

Decorative Use for Azalea: Floor, Table

Care Rating for Azalea: Temporary, Demanding

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Larry Hodgson is a full time garden writer working out of Quebec City in the heart of French Canada where he grows well over 3,000 species and varieties. His book credits include Making the Most of Shade, The Garden Lovers Guide to Canada, Perennials for Every Purpose, Annuals for Every Purpose, Houseplants for Dummies, and Ortho’s Complete Guide to Houseplants, as well as other titles in English and French. He’s the winner of the Perennial Plant Association’s 2006 Garden Media Award.

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