How to take care and keep my azalea flowering

eli_hMarch 30, 2010

Hi All,

I received a wonderful Azalea pot as a gift.

As a newbie can I have your advices how to take care of this nice pot.

I live in Israel and the summer temperature rise to 95 F.

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Thank you in advance

Eli Hadash

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rhodyman(SE PA, USDA Z6)

Keep it well drained. I notice you have the flower pot in another pot. Make sure the flower pot has a hole in the bottom and that it is open. Then put some gravel under the flower pot so that water that comes out of the flower pot flows clear of the hole in the bottom. The hole in the bottom of the flower pot must me kept open to air.

It looks like it could be repotted into a wider shallow pot (azalea pot). If you do repot, make sure you use azalea soil. It is acidic. If you can't get acidic soil, use a good garden soil and add powdered sulfur. For a liter of garden soil with a pH of 7.5 you would use 140 grams of sulfur to adjust the pH to 5.5 which is ideal for azaleas. (That would be 4.5 ounces of sulfur per quart of garden soil)

The link at the bottom is an excellent description of how to keep florist azaleas alive.

Here is a link that might be useful: Care of Greenhouse Azaleas

    Bookmark   March 30, 2010 at 11:47AM
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eli_h

Thank you for the useful information.
Have you any advice how to deal with the summer high temperatures ?
Thank you in advance

Eli Hadash

    Bookmark   March 31, 2010 at 9:41AM
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luis_pr

That is where mulch and part shade will help you. But some wind breaks and/or misters may be needed if the area is windy. My summer temps are in the 100-115 degree ranges and they do well with just mulch; I check soil moisture levels once a week by hand (use a finger) just to be safe. Do try to contain the urge to water when the soil is moist (or wet) as this can lead to root rot.

    Bookmark   March 31, 2010 at 8:45PM
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eli_h

Thank you Luis for your answer.
I don't know if you have noticed that my Azalea is a tiny one and it stay in a pot on the dining table. So your answer is not relevant to my situation.
Can some one that have succeeded to keep tiny Azalea alive during hot summer season to share the experience.

    Bookmark   April 1, 2010 at 9:00AM
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luis_pr

Sorry, eli_h. I thought you wanted to plant it outside. Go to the link below and read the article titled Florist Azaleas. You will need to let it get a few hours of morning sun, maintain the potting soil moist (not wet or dry) and choose a location where it does not get hot (they prefer cool places at night).

Here is a link that might be useful: Florist Azaleas Article

    Bookmark   April 5, 2010 at 10:57AM
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