How to Care for Satsuki Azalea Bonsai
Posted on February 08 2019
Rhododendron Satsuki Azalea prefer half shade during the heat of the day. Some do well in more sun when established. Less bud formation means less sunlight. Roots thrive in a cool, moist substrate high in organic matter. One of the most limiting factors for azalea growth is inadequate drainage. Can be heavily pruned and expected to soon bud out again. Selectively prune thick vigorous top branches and thin congested nodes. Responds to water and fertilizer. Some azaleas have a higher requirement for micronutrients and calcium. Pests are easy to control with improved cultural practices. If needed, some use a dormant or summer oil or spray, or an all-in-one systemic (fungicide, miticide, insecticide).
- At maturity azaleas form a compact, uniform, low spreading, rounded habit.
- Fine textured. Shiny, small pointed leaves.
- Satsuki types bloom after most other azaleas. Some in May. Other varieties are even blooming in July.
- 'Chinzan' has warm pink hue flowers. One of the easiest to grow and very popular for bonsai use. Tried and true.
- 'Flame Creeper' has red/orange flowers.
- 'Macrantha' has orange flowers.
- 'Wakebisu' is a lighter pink.