Growing indoor azaleas:
The sa apartment azaleas belong to species of Asian origin, which fear the cold, therefore particularly suitable for cultivation at home, in a sheltered and bright place. We choose the position for our azalea remembering to avoid proximity to direct heat sources, such as stoves or radiators, to prevent the foliage from being dried by excessive heat. At the same time, azaleas need to be grown in a bright place, but not exposed to direct sunlight for prolonged periods of time. The ideal place could be a stairwell or an entrance, with good brightness and at the same time not too heated. The main need for indoor azaleas is water: we try to water these plants very regularly, trying to keep the soil always slightly moist, but avoiding stagnation in the saucer. At the same time, we avoid that the ground is always excessively soaked with water. To increase the ambient humidity, remember to steam the foliage frequently, but only when the plant is not in bloom, otherwise we would risk damaging the buds and delicate corollas. After flowering we always remove the withered flowers, for an aesthetic factor, but also to avoid leaving decaying material between the leaves, where mold or rot could develop. At the end of flowering, every 2-3 years, let's repot our azaleas, using specific soil for acidophilic plants, with an acid pH; the use of unsuitable soil, and also watering with particularly calcareous water, can cause yellowing of the leaves of azaleas, caused by a disease called chlorosis; to avoid the occurrence of these symptoms, or to alleviate them, it is advisable to use the most suitable soil, water the plants with scarcely calcareous water, or provide a greening fertilizer, rich in iron, available for plants every 4-6 months.