Plant Care Flame Azalea

Flame Azalea

About Flame Azalea

Flame Azalea is a relatively rare houseplant 🌿 that is easy to grow and needs regular watering to thrive. They do best in long-lasting, direct light ☀️ and should be less than 1 foot from a window.

Flame Azalea likes soil that is good at retaining moisture. Your plant shouldn't need added fertilizers if you repot each time it doubles in size.

Flame Azalea belongs to the Rhododendron genus, and is native to the Southeastern United States.

⚠️ Flame Azalea is extremely dangerous if consumed. If you, a family member, or a pet has ingested any amount of plant material contact Poison Control, US (800) 222-1222, or your veterinarian immediately. These plants are not recommended for homes with children, cats, or dogs.

Taxonomy

Rhododendron calendulaceum
Rhododendron
Ericaceae
Ericales

How to care for Flame Azalea

💦 Water

How often to water your Flame Azalea

Water needs for Flame Azalea
0.5 cups
every 9

Flame Azalea needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Flame Azalea

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Flame Azalea in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Flame Azalea: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Flame Azalea love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Flame Azalea does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Flame Azalea in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Flame Azalea

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Flame Azalea: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Flame Azalea after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

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💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Flame Azalea is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!


💦 Water Needs

Flame Azalea prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Flame Azalea requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Flame Azalea is extremely dangerous if consumed. If you, a family member, or a pet has ingested any amount of plant material contact Poison Control, US (800) 222-1222, or your veterinarian immediately. Flame Azalea is not recommended for homes with children, cats, or dogs.


💨 Humidity

Flame Azalea doesn’t require additional humidity. Plants absorb most water through their root system rather than their leaves, so the best way to provide humidity for your plants is through watering the soil.


🪴 Soil

Flame Azalea is very sensitive to dry soil, so choose a potting soil that retains moisture. A good soil will still drain well and contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir or sphagnum moss.


💩 Fertilizer

Flame Azalea should be repotted after it doubles in size or once a year, whichever comes first. Fresh potting soil has all the nutrients your plant needs, so as long as it’s refreshed yearly, you shouldn’t need to use fertilizer. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!


🌎 Native Region

Flame Azalea is native to Asia and North America.


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Flame Azalea grows vertically and new growth will emerge from the top of the plant.


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Flame Azalea can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 5a-7b. Find your local hardiness zone here.


🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


Care Summary for Flame Azalea

Flame Azalea

Flame Azalea


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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