Azalea is prone to thrip and mites. Always make sure there are no bugs present before bringing the plant into your home. If a problem does develop, use a Safer’s Soap suited to the bug type, and treat according to bottle directions.
Latin name Rhododendron
Common name Azalea
Colours Available White, coral, hot pink, red, pale peach, occasionally lavender.
Watering Very thirsty plant, likes to be watered up to every second day and occasionally the soil needs to be immersed in water to soak it up.
Light Needs Bright indirect light, (enjoys East, West or Southern exposure best. Can go outside in summer into dappled afternoon light.
Temperature 50-75°F, 10-24°C
Humidity Likes humidity, misting the leaves is beneficial (try not to soak flowers, they can rot).
Soil- Drainage etc A strong soil that drains well yet retains moisture is best. A pot with a drainage hole is essential.
Feeding Can be fertilized as often as every 2 weeks during growing season. This plant is dormant in fall or winter, do not fertilize until the spring.
Common Problems and How to Solve Azalea is prone to thrip and mites. Always make sure there are no bugs present before bringing the plant into your home. If a problem does develop, use a Safer’s Soap suited to the bug type, and treat according to bottle directions.
Safe for Pets? Azaleas are mildly poisonous to pets, if enough is eaten. A whole flower or leaf might cause some abdominal cramping and cardiovascular problems. Keep pets away if you are concerned they might be tempted to try it.
Special Care Always remove dead flowers or yellowed leaves. Soak soil every so often in water to get the azalea properly hydrated.