The Azalea (Rhododendron) is a popular Bonsai amongst Bonsai enthusiasts due to its unique foliage. This beautiful Bonsai has small glossy heart-shaped leaves attached to thick stems. The spectacular flowers that grow during May-June are what catch the eye.
These flowers come in different shapes, sizes, and colours. Our Kazan Azaleas bloom gorgeous salmon-pink flowers, and the Cherry Drop Azaleas have deep red flowers. Fashion Azaleas are known for their bright red colour and small foliage and the Rohan Azalea produces stunning pink flowers and has small foliage.
The Azalea is an outdoor species and will do best when left outdoors as soon as the temperature rises above 10° celsius during the day consistently. Azaleas can withstand temperatures as low as 1-2° at night, as long as the temperature does not drop below 0° for an extended period.
The Azalea thrives in the sunny weather, but it is best to provide some shade during that mid-day scorching summer sun. The Azalea should be protected from the rain and the scorching hot sun during the blooming season to make the flowers last longer.
Watering: this Bonsai does not like to be dried out but also does not enjoy permanent wetness. Because of this, it is necessary to check the moisture of the soil before watering.
Winter: The Azalea is an evergreen, meaning that it will not lose its leaves but will go dormant during the winter months. Please see our Winter in Canada for bonsai page for further instructions.
Pruning: It withstands intense pruning and is basal-dominant, meaning that the lower branches grow more robust than, the weaker top; therefore, pruning of the branches is more complicated from the bottom than from the top. The Azalea even produces new shoots from branches that have no visible leaves left.
Repotting: it is recommended to be repotted every 2 years in the Spring or after flowering.
BABY: 6"-12" tall, comes in a 4" grower's pot.
YOUNG: 12" - 14" tall, comes in a 6" grower's pot.
MATURE: 14" - 18" tall, comes with a medium ceramic 8inch pot.
These are not seeds - But an Actual Living Bonsai Tree.
Please see our Choosing a Bonsai page for the age and dimensions regarding the different stages of our Bonsai (Baby, Young, & Mature).