Azalea trouble (pics)

black-thumbApril 22, 2007

I got these azalea's from home depot about three weeks ago. They have just about all died. I keep them in indirect light in my kitchen window. Any ideas why they died? They just seem to be drying up. I watered them well when I got them since the soil was dry. How often should they be watered? Can they be saved at all?

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Looks like new growth underneath.

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black-thumb

I don't usually keep the blinds open for them to get the sun you see in those pics. I direct the blinds up so the light is indirect and not right on the plants.

    Bookmark   April 22, 2007 at 8:55AM
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morz8(Washington Coast Z8b)

These are florist type azaleas which are bred for ease in forcing flowers to coincide with a particular date or event - in this case Easter. Often treated as a long lived bouquet...they rarely do well for most of us in normal household low humidity and conditions. You really can't match that careful greenhouse environment unless you are very gifted at houseplants :)

I don't know what zone you are in - in milder climates (8, 9 possibly 7), they can be hardened off, or acclimated gradually to outdoor conditions, and planted outside. In harsher climates, you could try growing them in containers in a sheltered place outside and bringing them back indoors to a cool room in Fall.

Here is a link that might be useful: Florists Azaleas

    Bookmark   April 22, 2007 at 1:42PM
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Morz8

Thanks for that link! I will check it out.

    Bookmark   April 25, 2007 at 8:29AM
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