azalia - Knowledgebase Question

joplin, Mi
Question by marcox5664
November 29, 2007
can a azalia that i got that saays its a indoor plant be planted outside in ground in zone 6 and live?


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Answer from NGA
November 29, 2007

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Based on your description, I don't think the plant would survive outdoors in zone 6 Missouri. In general the blooming azaleas sold as florist plants are not winter hardy. The weather in Joplin is very difficult for azaleas becuase of the tendency to have wildly oscillating temperatures in spring. Also, the soil conditions in Joplin are not very well suited to azaleas. (They need evenly moist yet well drained, organic and humusy, acidic soil.) If you have a cool (above freezing but cooler than normal room temperature) and very bright room, you might be able to keep it as a house plant and set it outside each summer in a spot with dappled shade.

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