Answer: Your Indica Azalea should be given full sunshine, but protected from reflected heat, so don't place the container next to a fence, wall, or side of a building. It has been trained into a patio tree form and will happily grow in a container for may years, or you can plant it in the ground. Your azalea may be lightly trimmed when flowering stops, and should be fed in mid-summer with a special acidified azalea food. (Be sure to apply according to label directions.) Water when the top of the soil begins to dry out. Plants in containers may need more frequent watering than those planted in the ground. Be sure to check your plant daily and water as often as necessary to keep the soil from drying out too much. If you plant your azalea in the ground, amend the soil with some peatmoss to lower the pH. Build a basin around the trunk of the plant for ease in watering. (Just fill the basin with water so it will slowly trickle down and wet the entire rootmass.) Most landscape shrubs need about 1-inch of water per week. Enjoy your lovely azalea!
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