Ask the Expert: Is it dead an azalea that lose all its leaves?
I bought this azalea in february and did very good for one month and then started to lose the flowers and all the leaves. It was inside my house in a spot with good light, so I thougt that maybe needed to be outside, but is not looking good neither. Jennifer.
Flower Shop Network Plant Expert Reply:
The first thing you need to do is check the viability of the Azalea. You can do this by testing the stems for signs of green. Take your fingernail and lightly scrape the stem. If the you see green where you scraped the stem the plant is still alive. If it isn’t green go further down the stem until you find green. You will need to trim off any part of the stem that isn’t green.
Once you have determined that your azalea is still alive, you need to make sure it is planted in the ground or pot in a container with good drainage. After the azalea is in its new home you need to keep it moist but not soggy and fertilize it once a month (April through August) with a slow release fertilizer. The Azalea will do best in an area with at least half a day sun.
Side note: Anytime you receive an Azalea from a florist shop and it comes with pretty foil around it, remove the foil within a couple days. Foil is great for dressing up the Azalea, but it doesn’t allow for proper drainage. So remove it as soon as possible.
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