The gentle azalea is a decorative plant that requires special attention to develop under the best conditions. The main types of azaleas are those grown in the garden and the pots. Grown outdoors, azalea rises to the height of a 2-meter-long shrub, but grown in pots it will stagnate at 60-80 cm or even less in the case of bonsai azaleas.

1. They love acidic soil
The best choice for indoor pot to grow azalea is a clay pot. Azalea prefers an acidic soil, but its quality can be improved by wiping the base of the pot with a mixture of water and vinegar.
Once absorbed into the clay slurry, the vinegar will automatically lead to increasing soil acidity. If you want to prepare your own soil, you can use conifer bark and ground and very fine sand. Disinfect the pot with brothy water and warm water, and then let it dry. The pot must be changed every two years.

2. Rain water
Don’t use tap water to water azalea. The limestone, like chlorine, can kill your plant. It’s best to collect the rainwater in a pot and to wipe constantly for 4-5 days. Sprinkle the plant a bit, so that the soil to be damp, but not soaked with water. Avoid pouring water over azalea leaves and flowers.

3. Fighting pests
The main problem with azalea is the waste of water during watering. A too wet soil can lead to root rot and plant death. Excess water can also cause soil mold. You can protect azalea from external pests by wiping the clay pot with a solution of water and vinegar. Vinegar contributes to maintaining a constant level of soil acidity, but also to combat certain pests.

4. Constant light
The plant must have constant light, but it shouldn’t be left in direct sunlight. If you place the plant on the terrace during the warm season, it is best to put it in a slightly shaded and aware of wind area. The winter will stay very well on the window sill facing north.

5. Azalea cuttings
Plant growth can be stimulated by pinching the peaks. This operation will also increase the number of azalea flowers. In bonsai azalea, cuttings for shaping are only made in the late spring, after the flowers of the plant fall.

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