Question: Azalea Japonica dried flowers
For about 15 days I bought a Japan azalea in a nursery, transported home by car wrapped in cellophane, I repotted it with a dedicated tericcio. After a few days, however, all the flowers dried up and gradually I removed them. There is, however, a fairly luxuriant foliage production. Is there anything to do or have I made a mistake? Thanks for everything!
Answer: Azalea Japonica dried flowers
moving and repotting are operations that generally make our plants suffer a certain stress; if these operations are carried out during flowering, it is quite likely that the plant will decide to sacrifice the flowers, in order to have more energy to develop the root system and new shoots more; so it could very well be yours azalea japonica it is simply adjusting to the new conditions of cultivation. It is 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 the buds often occurs due to an excess of watering: the permanence in a soil that is constantly damp and soaked with water, can be an additional source of stress. As the opposite is also true: in the nursery, plants can always enjoy a good environmental humidity, as the proximity to many other plants and regular watering causes a continuous diffusion of water, both in the soil and especially in the air; anyone who has ever worked in a nursery can confirm that the air in the greenhouse is always very humid. On the other hand, a very different condition is present in our gardens, especially in summer, or in particularly light rainy springs. Therefore the passage from a nursery, with protected climatic conditions and high humidity, to the flowerbed of the house, with climatic conditions linked only to the seasons, and often decidedly dry air, can cause the loss of flowers, even when the plain is not actually suffering so as to stop sprouting or 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 the refreshment from the sun in the hottest hours of the day; if you have chosen a very sunny position, and you live in the center-south, then your plant is simply receiving too much direct sunlight, it is hot and the climate is excessively dry.