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Question: Hi!
I have just received a HARDY AZALEA - GIRARD ROSE which looks perfectly healthy, but is not in blossom. I am aware it is meant to be grown outside, but as I live in a rented apartment I am wondering whether I can grow it inside or it is a must to keep it in the balcony. I must also mention that my apartment is very sunny, so keeping it in the balcony would mean direct sunlight the whole day.
Thank you so much for your kind advice.
Azaleea Dinca
(I know!!!! my mum likes azaleas as well!!!!!!!)

Answer: In my experience it is usually better to plant the hardy azaleas rather than try to keep them indoors year round or even to grow them as an outdoor container plant. Maybe you have a friend or relative with some ground where you could plant it. Then later, transplant it when you have a garden of your own. In the meantime, water as needed to keep the soil evenly moist using a water soluble fertilizer for acid loving plants at the weakest rate on the label. You should set it outdoors and provide shade from noon onwards if at all possible. You might be able to improvise a shade screen by using a section of picket fence or even an umbrella to block that hot afternoon soon. I'm sorry I just can't be more encouraging.

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