I purchased an azalea plant.
I wanted to know, please, how to cure it, where to keep it, whether at home or outside, the type of exposure to light, the type of soil, the fertilizations, the pruning, the optimal temperature ... It is so beautiful that I would be very sorry to see her die .
Azaleas: Answer: Azaleas
Thank you for contacting us regarding the question for your azalea plant, through the section of the Gardening Expert.
The azaleas belong to the Ericaceae family and are slow-growing perennial shrubby shrub plants characterized by the need to have a soil with acidic characteristics and for this reason they are also called "acidophilic plants".
Among the other peculiarities there is that which do not tolerate high summer temperatures and need abundant water availability, do not tolerate too limestone waters, therefore it would be ideal to use rainwater for watering.
Very important for the success of cultivation is the maintenance of the acidity of the soil to prevent the plant from deteriorating and becoming "plucked" due to the fall and yellowing of the leaves, the ideal soil is the specific one for acidophilic plants.
The worst enemies for azaleas are drought, spring frosts, cold winds and excessive sunshine, they grow well in sheltered, semi-shady locations.
Azaleas don't need regular pruning. Young plants can be trimmed, to encourage the formation of branches; old and disordered plants, with the exception of grafted ones, can be pruned in spring, 30 cm above ground level.
Regarding your question on the reproduction of these plants, you can act in various ways: by cutting, sowing, or offshoot.