How to Care for an Azalea Bush Indoors


Whether you receive an azalea bush gift, put one in your office to brighten up the room or have the azalea as part of your houseplant collection, keep it healthy with a simple care routine. Azaleas naturally bloom outdoors in the spring and early summer, but greenhouse production methods ensure that blooming azalea bushes for indoor display are available year round. Greenhouse-grown azaleas require ample water, light and occasional plant food to maintain their shiny green foliage.

Step 1

Remove colored foil wrapping, ribbons and other paraphernalia from around the azalea bush pot. Set the pot on a dish or tray to collect moisture that may accumulate when you water.

Step 2

Water the azalea bush frequently and thoroughly. Place the potted plant in a sink or over a tray. Add water until it starts to out the bottom. Allow the plant to drain for an hour before returning it to its location. Check the soil daily with your finger to ensure it stays moist.

Step 3

Keep the potted azalea bush near a window where it receives indirect sunlight for 4-6 hours a day. Set the plant far enough away from the window that it does not get overheated in the sun's direct rays.

Step 4

Fertilize the azalea bush once every 2 weeks. Use an all-purpose houseplant food mixed according to the manufacturers' label instructions.

Step 5

Pinch off azalea flowers as they turn brown. Grasp the base of the flower between your thumbnail and forefinger, then squeeze. Discard the flowers as soon as they are removed from the azalea plant.

Step 6

Prune and remove any branches that become broken or damaged. Use sharp garden pruners to make a clean cut.

Things You'll Need

  • Dish
  • Tray
  • Fertilizer
  • Pruners


  • U or MN Extension: Care of Greenhouse Azaleas

Who Can Help

  • Azalea Society of America
Keywords: azalea bush gift, houseplant, azalea flowers, potted plant

About this Author

Denise Schoonhoven is a veteran author of business-to-business marketing material and quality assurance documentation. She has written for various fields including gardening, acoustics, biological materials and radiant heating. An experienced business traveler, Schoonhoven has lived and worked in London, San Francisco, New York City, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and the Pacific Northwest. She studied humanities in the UK and USA.

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