Why Are My Azalea Leaves Turning Black? (and How To Fix It)

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The Azalea plant is mostly known for its beautiful flowers, which bring beauty to any home. Their bright beauty inspired a lot of gardens to take them to their favorite place in their home. But the touching moment comes when your Azalea leaves turning beautiful to black. 

There are several reasons for turning leaves; this article will discuss everything you may need to know about Azalea leaves turning black or other colors, the reasons, along preventions.

Azalea Plant Leaves Turning Black: Reason And Prevention

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When you see your plant is sick, there might be some reason. If you don’t know the reason, you can not prevent the problem. Now we are going to discuss the reason, and similarly, you can find the prevention process. Identify the reason and try the prevention process to get rid of this problem.

1.Over Wet Or Over Dry Soil

As an indoor plant, perfect watering is sufficient for them as their demand. If you water too much or too little both can affect your plant. This is one of the common reasons why azalea leaves become black.

Prevention: It is important to regularly monitor your azalea soil, because Azaleas prefer the soil to be moist and hate to be kept in water for long periods. It is the perfect time to water if the soil feels dry. But don’t let the ground dry up completely.

You need to remember that in colder, winter months, Azalea needs less water and in hot weather it needs more water.

  1. Poor Drainage

The use of an ineffective drainage pot is one of the main causes. Actually  The plant is left in the water for long periods as one of the greatest mistakes for all indoor potted plants. If the plant-soil is not sufficiently drained, the roots and the soil may be saturated, and the leaves can turn black.

Prevention: Azaleas prefer loamy soil to preserve the humidity. Mix your plant soil with sand and perlite to improve proper drainage. Make some hole under the bottom of the pot. Use a pot with draining holes to allow the roots to drain.

  1. Using Wrong Fertilizer

Azaleas usually do not require much fertilization and nourishment. The fertilizer type is also essential for azaleas; it can damage your plant if you use the wrong. This can cause black leaves if you use the wrong one.

Prevention: Try to use a phosphorous-high plant diet with iron, which will promote a healthy body. Use fertilizer only when you see new buds and leaves begin growing.

  1. Incorrect pH Level

It is a good idea to test the soil’s pH in the planting area for azalea growing. Soil pH is soil alkalinity or soil acidity measurement and is measured in 1-14 scales. The availability of plant nutrients also impacts pH levels under 5.0, which become toxic to plant growth.

Prevention: With a cheap solar pH testing sample, you can quickly test the soil’s pH. The level is not perfect after testing if it indicates 7. Adding or using compost to the soil can help increase acidity and keep soil conditions acidic. Sulphur, aluminium sulphate or chelated iron can be used to decrease pH.

  1. Imperfect Temperature And Environment

Too much sun and heat can dry your plant quickly. Cooler temperatures also help to ensure the blooms last longer.

On the other hand, your plant will suffer in struggle if you don’t have sufficient humidity in your home. Fungal diseases, like damping, that can kill seedlings before they establish themselves can lead to soggy climatic conditions.

Prevention:  Azaleas do the best at cooler temperatures and as household plantations especially Azalea it is ideally about 60-65 F(16-18 C). Right places could include places under trees or north of your house. 

You can also add moisture by mixing a small bottle of room temperature water in the plant regularly. On the other side a  small plate of damp rock under the pot is the cheap way to keep your azalea moist. 

How Take Care Of Azalea PlantHow Take Care Of Azalea Plant

For these plants, the process of cultivation and care is easy. But there are some simple caring processes included to ensure their healthiness for all time.

  1. Ensure The Perfect Place

In fact, full sun can burn the sheets. High shade may take away the oxygen that they need and lead to low blooming and weaker growth. The gardens facing the west are generally warmer and often harsh. But landscapes to the north are more shady and a little colder, so place your Azaleas on this side.

  1. Improve The Soil Quality

To mix compost around the plant use a gloved hand or trowel. Or create the soil mixture of ground pine bark or oak leaves, topsoil and gross sand, or mix in the dirt around the azalea to enhance soil quality and drainage.

Applying fertilizer to prevent nutrient deficiency may be necessary if there are low amounts of nitrogen in the soil. On the opposite, Phosphorus encourages plant flowering and Potassium strengthens roots. Try to add them into the soil for better. 

  1. Perfect Watering

Indoor azaleas, humidity should be your primary concern. Don’t let your plant dry for long. Stop watering and allow it to drain when the bubbles stop after water. Keep them damp, not soggy, and don’t fertilize until they are perfect.

  1. Perfect Environment

Azaleas grow in well-drained, acidic soils rich in organic matter or at the edge of woodland in their native habitats. The hot all-day sun can make plants more stressful and more vulnerable to pests. So choose a place that is shaded by morning sun and afternoon or filtered light.

Some Important FAQ

This section has gathered some essential questions and answers that are very important to understand the discussion above. Go through it; we hope it might be of great help.

  • What is wrong with my Azalea?

Another common factor with azaleas is nutrient deficiencies. Plants with lower or lower size foliage and flowers may have discoloration. The most common deficits in azalea are nitrogen and iron. Inappropriate watering may wipe, discolor and decrease the leaves.

  • Can I use coffee as grounds for Azalea?

Coffee grounds are incredibly acidic and should be reserved for acid-loving plants such as azaleas and blueberries. And the additional boost from coffee grounds may impede fruit or flowers’ growth if your soil is already high in nitrogen. 

  • How can I know my Azalea plant is dying?

Pick up the fingernail and scrape the stem lightly. The plant remains alive when you see green wherever you scrap the stem. If green isn’t, go down the stem until the green is found. Any portion of the tree that is not green is to be cut off.

  • Is being overwatered suitable for Azalea?

Soil soggy encourages root disease. You are using dropped irrigation or water instead of watering your leaves, the soil around the plant. Water left on the leaves of plants frequently promotes fungal conditions.

  • What is the perfect time to report my Azalea?

You will need to use an ericaceous compost after flowering (late spring) when you can repot your Azalea.

  • Does Azalea thrive well in the pot?

In pots, azaleas grow moist but well-drained soil. Constant soggy or wet soil can cause root and other damaging plant diseases and can often do so. We recommend using a quality potting soil or potting mix or a combination of 50/50 if planting an azalea into a container or pot.

Final Word

Azalea is a minimum size beautiful plant for indoor houseplant lovers. In the indoors, sometimes we can not give our potting plants the right environment, and for our business, we can not water them when they need them; we can not fertilize them with the right one. If we talk about healthiness, we don’t know the right caring process to ensure their health condition. We just want to see our plant in a gorgeous look without caring, and this is the main problem for irregular issues.

After reading this guide, you can see your Azalea with a beautiful look if you follow the caring process. 

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