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How to Care for Satsuki Azalea Bonsai

Larry Morton

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. Chinzan has warm pink hue flowers. One of the easiest to grow and very popular for bonsai use.

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