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Azalea Japonica dried flowers


Question: Azalea Japonica dried flowers


For about 15 days, I bought an azalea japan in a nursery, transported home in a cellophane wrapped car, repotted it with a dedicated substrate. After a few days, however, all the flowers dried up and I took them away. However, there is a production of quite luxuriant foliage. Is there anything to do or did I make a mistake? Thanks for everything!

Answer: Azalea Japonica dried flowers


Dear Vincenzo,
the displacement and repotting are operations that generally make our plants suffer some stress; if these operations are carried out during flowering, it is quite probable that the plant decides to sacrifice the flowers, in order to have more energy to further develop the root system and the new shoots; so it could very well be that yours azalea japonica you are simply settling in to the new cultivation conditions. Clear that, not seeing the plants, it is not easy to understand if, in addition to the normal acclimatization period, they are also suffering from other problems. The loss of buds often occurs due to an excess of watering: the permanence in a soil that is constantly damp and soaked with water, can be a further source of stress. As it is, however, the reverse is also true: in the nursery the plants can always enjoy a good environmental humidity, as the proximity to many other plants and regular watering cause a continuous diffusion of water, both in the ground and above all in the air; anyone who has ever worked in a nursery can confirm that in the greenhouse the air is always very humid. Very different condition is present in our gardens, especially in summer, or in particularly not very rainy springs. So the transition from a nursery, with protected climatic conditions and high humidity, to the flowerbed of the house, with weather conditions linked only to the seasons, and often very dry air, can cause the loss of flowers, even when the plain is not actually suffering in order to stop sprouting or to stop its development. Consider that in general, in most of Italy, azaleas are grown in the shade or in partial shade, so that they can enjoy refreshment from the sun during the hottest hours of the day; if you have chosen a very sunny location, and live in the south-central, then your plant is simply receiving too much direct sunlight, it is hot and the climate is too dry.