The Azalea bonsai
Published: 04/27/2007 (mm/dd/yyyy)
It's a little bit difficult to grow this tree. Once you succeed, this bonsai will find a way how to say 'thank you' by very beautiful and coloured flowers.
Light: Keep at sunny places.
Temperature and exposure
The Azalea requires shiny but cold places during the dormancy period. Recommended temperature is about 12°C. The dormancy period starts in Autumn and ends in the end of December or very beginning of January. It's good to find a half-shade place for this tree duting Summer.
Pruning and forming
The best method for pruning is breaking down. After losing blossoms remove all new sprouts. Then remove secondary sprouts wisely in order to white-out the tree's top until midsummer.
Soil and replanting
Needs acidic soil with pH = 4. You must have soil with good water permeability. Try to use soil with peat and crushed needles in ratio 1:1. Add sand into the mixture. Azalea should be planted into bonsai pot after five years. Then replant it every two, or three years.
Watering and fertilization
Soil must be dampy. Needs a lot of water during the bloom period. Azalea can live only if water hardness is low. If you have hard water you must decrease hardness of water or use rain water. Fertilize every week after it loses blossoms untill end of July. When Azalea blooms, fertilizer should contain higher amount of potassium.
I think that reproduction of Azalea at home is useless. You can buy many Azalea trees, which are ready for forming into a bonsai tree in shops.
Is suitable for all styles except broom. Can grow in any size.
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