Common names: Azalea

Description: These low, woody shrubs have leathery, dark green leaves and 3- to 6-inch clusters of red, orange, coral, pink, white or purple flowers. They make excellent blooming plants.

Special care: Check daily. Keep the soil moist but not wet. Apply water directly to the root medium. Keep the foliage and flowers dry to prevent fungal diseases. Do not use fertilizer. Place azaleas in bright, indirect light. Blooming life is two to four weeks or more, depending on cultivar. Leaf drop may be caused by dry soil, intense shade or cool temperatures combined with intense light. Pinch off new, green shoots that extend beyond the flowers.

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