The Q&A Archives: Keep Azaleas Indoors

Question: How do you keep azaleas alive indoors?

Answer: It's a little difficult to keep those greenhouse grown azaleas thriving indoors. They look so lush and beautiful, covered with glorious blossoms, when you get them! But they have been forced through various greenhouse techniques to put on that display. You can keep them alive, but it's doubtful you'll get such a spectacular show again. You should be able to get some flowers again, however.

Here are some guidelines: Place the plant in a sunny east or west window, where it will receive lots of indirect light and some direct sun. The ideal temperature is 60 to 70F; the plant will suffer in hot dry air above 70F. Be sure to keep it away from heating ducts. Keep the soil evenly moist, and mist the plant frequently. Feed in spring and summer with a fertilizer designed for acid-loving plants; follow label directions for indoor, container-grown plants. Good luck!

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