With the beauty of a garden azalea and the mysterious, ornamental look of a bonsai, azalea bonsai plants are sure to add personality and flare to your home or office. These plants bloom in late spring with blooms that can reach 7 inches in diameter. Azalea bonsai plants can be finicky and require some care and maintenance to always look their best and to maintain their bonsai appearance.
Place the azalea bonsai plant in an area where it will receive partial shade for the majority of the day. A table near a window, if grown indoors will do the trick. If the azalea bonsai plant is being grown as a patio plant, positioning the plant near the wall of your home will help keep the plant in partially shaded conditions.
Remove any dead blooms and leaves as soon as possible to keep the plant healthy and to encourage new growth and blooming. Do this by simply pinching them away with your fingers.
Prune the azalea bonsai as lightly as needed to maintain its bonsai size, shape and appearance. Prune back the plant, using sharp pruning shears, to remove any dead or overgrown branches. Make your cut where the dead or dying portion of the azalea bonsai joins the main trunk of the plant. Complete routine heavy pruning after the plant has finished blooming.
Water the azalea bonsai plant frequently to keeps its planting soil moist to the touch. Dry roots can easily and quickly kill the azalea bonsai plant.
Fertilize the azalea bonsai plant once per month using an all-purpose fertilizer, according to the package directions for dosage. You can purchase an all-purpose plant fertilizer at your local garden specialty store or plant nursery.
Repot the azalea bonsai plant every spring (for younger trees) to keep their soil fresh. Older trees can be repotted every two years if desired.
Treat any insect infestations or fungal growth using an insecticide/pesticide designed for azaleas.