Azaleas are beautiful flowers available all year-round. Their clustered funnel-shaped flowers come in a variety of colours such as reds, pinks, purples, whites and bi-colour.
|Light||Diffused Light ( no direct sunlight)|
|Water||Water frequently, keep soil moist|
|Temperature||To prolong flowering keep temperatures below 65˚F|
The botanical name for Azalea is Rhododendron. Regarded as the national flower of Nepal, the Azalea is found mostly in Asia, although it is also widespread through the Southern Highlands of the Appalachian Mountains of North America.
Azaleas grow best in bright diffused light (no direct sunlight). They need to be watered frequently to keep the soil or moss consistently moist. Letting the soil completely dry out may result in irreversible damage. It should be noted that it is difficult to get Azaleas to re-bloom, therefore customers often enjoy the plant more like a long-lasting cut flower arrangement.
Azaleas typically last two to four weeks depending on the stage of maturity at the time of purchase. Consumers are encouraged to purchase plants that have lots of well-developed buds and a small percentage (i.e. 20%) of open blooms to optimize longevity.
Azaleas may experiences the following challenges: bud, bloom and/or leaf drop; shrivelling leaves, and or yellowing leaves. This is usually the result of ethylene gas exposure, dry soil, high temperatures, or exposure to direct sunlight. These challenges can be avoided by keeping your Azalea(s) away from ethylene gas producing sources (i.e. fruits and vegetables, cigarette smoke, exhaust fumes, and dying flowers), removing dying flowers promptly, and keeping your plant in cooler temperatures (50 F – 70 F).