The Q&A Archives: Azaela Bonsai

Question: I got this bonsai azalea and it was doing just beautifully. I've been watering every day like it said in the literature and now sections are wilting and dying! Can you help me resolve this before it's gone?

Answer: Based on your description, it might be suffering from over watering or from underwatering. Azaleas need soil that is evenly moist yet well drained. This means damp like a wrung out sponge, not sopping wet and not dried out. Bonsai can be difficult to water because the soil volume is so small. Use your finger to check and see if you need to water. Water slowly and thorougly so it soaks in, make sure it is not running out between the soil and side of the container. Keep it in a sheltered spot with protection from wind as this can dry the soil very quickly. Also provide with gentle morning only sun or dappled light all day, excessive sun/heat can also dry it very quickly. I hope this helps!

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