How to Care for a Bonsai Azalea Plant

I was given a bonsaiLearn how to grow bonsai plants, and which plants make the best bonsai plants at Houseplant411.com Azalea and I need to know how to take care of this plant. I had it outdoors and the wind blew it over and caused it to go into shock losing leaves and I need to know how to treat this situation and where best to place plant and the best way to keep it healthy to enjoy for years.

Hi John,

Proper watering is the most important thing in caring for a bonsaiLearn how to grow bonsai plants, and which plants make the best bonsai plants at Houseplant411.com Plant.  Rainwater works best because azaleas do not like water that has chemicals in it. Keep the soil consistently moist but not soggy. Letting the soil dry out can permanently damage the azalea. Provide bright indirect lightVery few houseplants should be placed in direct sun. High light refers only to bright indirect light since direct sun often burns the leaves of indoor houseplants. An area that is too hot and dry encourages Spider Mites and causes blooms to quickly fade. A northern exposure really doesn't provide enough light for high light plants. These plants need to be placed directly in front of an east-facing window, within 1-3 feet of a west-facing window, and within 5 ft. of a south facing window. A high light area has over 300 ft. candles of light. but no direct sun. Azalea bonsaiLearn how to grow bonsai plants, and which plants make the best bonsai plants at Houseplant411.coms usually need to be repotted every year. Wait until the plant has finished blooming before repotting.. Use a soil for acid loving plants that contains no lime. Feed an azalea with an acidic fertilizerPlants need fertilizer only when they are actively growing. Slow growing plants in low light require very little plant food. Too much fertilizer is worse than not enough. Most plants prefer a water soluble plant food at 1/2 the recommended strength. Plants that are in bloom or dormant should not be fertilized. Houseplant food contains nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), and potassium (K). A fertilizer containing these elements in equal proportion is considered a balanced plant food. Nitrogen helps in photosynthesis and encourages the growth of leaves and stems. Potassium and phosphorus also help in photosynthesis and aid in root and flower development. Most fertilizers have trace elements of other minerals that are lacking in the soil but are necessary for good plant growth. Fertilizers have a high salt content. If a plant is not producing new leaves and doesn’t absorb the fertilizer, salts build up in the soil. These salts can burn the roots, discolor the leaves, and cause new growth to be small. every two weeks until it blooms. Feed monthly after it blooms.

Once trained to a specific bonsaiLearn how to grow bonsai plants, and which plants make the best bonsai plants at Houseplant411.com shape, azaleas require only maintenance pruning and trimming. Quickly remove dead flowers and any new shoots that develop after blooming ends. Removing all secondary shoots until late July helps the bonsaiLearn how to grow bonsai plants, and which plants make the best bonsai plants at Houseplant411.com keep its shape. In the fall, trim the inner leaves to increase next years flowers.