Azalea Plants

Azalea Houseplant Care and Propagation

Anonymous added on April 19, 2011 | Answered

I need specific information on how to care for my Azalea and how to propagate it (and care for the cuttings) after it is established.

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Answered on April 20, 2011

Azaleas can sometimes be difficult to propagatewith semi-hardwood cuttings, so be sure you take several if you go this route.Azaleas root best in winter, but you can still take cuttings now through summerfrom this year's growth. Remove all but the top 3-5 leaves, dip inrooting hormone, and stick in a 50/50 mix of sand and peat. Place the cuttingwhere it will get lots of light, but no direct sun, and keep it moist. In fact,it may help to put a plastic bag (with slit for breathing) over top. By next spring, you can move the rooted cuttingsup to individual pots and then transplant outdoors. They are also easilypropagated through layering. Gently bend a branch to the ground, pin it place,cover with a little soil, and set a rock on it. Check for roots at the end ofsummer, and then sever it from the mother plant, putting it in ground during fall.

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