Satsuki Azalea

Satsuki Azalea (Rhododendron indicum)
Satsuki Azalea (Rhododendron indicum)

Overview: The Satsuki Azalea is an excellent specimen for bonsai. They are the most flamboyant of all flowering shrubs with the exception of possibly Wisteria. Azaleas produce masses of bright flowers in May, June with the exception of Satsuki which flower in late autumn. There are untold numbers of satsuki which are constantly hybridized in Japan and are categorized by their size, shape and colour.

Azaleas can be trained into almost any style. The most common styles are informal upright, slanting, windswept, semi-cascade, root over rock, tree on rock multiple or twin trunk, raft and group or forest settings.

General Care: It is always important to remove dead flowers and the leaves as soon as possible. Annual growth must either be removed once flowering has finished or carefully trained to enhance the final structure. Your soil mix should be lime-free as the rhododendron family and indeed all azaleas need acid soil.

Placement:
Placement should be in partial shade or morning sun and protected from frost. Also try to protect the blooms from heavy rain.

Satsuki Azalea (Rhododendron indicum)
Satsuki Azalea (Rhododendron indicum)

Satsuki Azalea (Rhododendron indicum)
Satsuki Azalea (Rhododendron indicum)

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