Plant Profile: Azalea
The azalea is a popular ornamental plant that is valued for its attractive, long lasting flowers. The flowers come in pink, white, mauve, purple, red, orange and yellow. Flowers come in single, semi-doubled or doubled varieties. The oval-shaped leaves are dark green and leathery in texture.
Indoor Azalea Care
- When flowers are in bloom, place potted plant in bright, but indirect light; when the flowers fade, move plant to a shadier spot. Avoid direct sunlight.
- Keep potted plant in a cool spot; the flowers will last longer
- As azaleas prefer acidic soil, the soil mix often includes in peat moss, but it can dry out the soil. Keep the soil moist, especially in the roots. Water often and regularly.
- Azaleas like humid environments. Misting the plant from time to time would be beneficial.
- Remove dead blooms to avoid disease.
- Be sure to re-pot when the plant gets too big for the container.
- With the proper care, the flowers can last 2-4weeks
Outdoor Azalea Care
- the best time to plant azaleas is in late spring or early fall
- azaleas are slow growing and do not require much, if any, pruning
- azaleas do best in acidic soil in a cool and shady environment
- The plant tends to dry out quickly, if the soil is not covered in mulch. Mulching will keep soil moist and acidic.
- water regularly
Interesting Facts About Azaleas
- azaleas are native to Asia, Europe and North America
- there are azalea flower festivals around the world, including Japan, Korea and the US
- Plant lovers have been breeding azaleas for hundreds of year! There are now over 10 00 cultivars!
- The plant is beautiful, but it's highly toxic if ingested
- the azalea is often confused with the similar looking rhododendrons. Azaleas are smaller in size and only have one bloom per stem, while the rhododendron has multiple flowers per stem.
- In China, the flower symbolizes womanhood
- In the language of flowers, the azalea means "Take Care of Yourself For Me"