I have a passion for azaleas but somehow they do not seem to survive
with me. I recently bought a one lovely bicoloured azalea ( house plant
in a pot) which i simply adore, I recreated its conditions to my best
ability, indirect sun, water ( standing after a boil) and fertilize.
However, a few weeks ago its edges started to brown, and this appeared
not only on the older flowers but on the new blooms that have not opened
yet. At first i thought it was a drainage problem and reading up on the
internet I stopped watering it too much , but it seems not have worked
as the leaves started to look "sad". So then I started to water it
plenty again and has done a "full submersion" in the water - no change.
Nothing seems to work and its just going worse and worse and worse....
You might be over-watering, over-feeding, or both. Azaleas need soil
that is always moist but never wet. They are "light feeders";
commercial azalea food releases nutrients very slowly. I feed mine in
the ground only once each year.
Another problem for azaleas as house plants is that they need more
humidity than is normally found indoors. Try placing your pots on a
large tray filled with pea gravel. Add water to the tray to a level
just below the bottoms of the pots.
David E. Ross
Climate: California Mediterranean, see
might want to send your question/pics to these folks:
If not you can try to diagnose on your own here:
Its been my experience that most " houseplants in a pot" azaleas are
subject to many problems by the nursery's production techniques and
forcing them to bloom before sale, especially with phytophthora root
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