|Small, bushy, evergreen azalea with lush, glossy, dark green leaves, 1 1/4 to 1 3/4 inches long. Double, funnel-shaped, bright to dark red flowers, 3 1/2 inches wide. Flowers are borne profusely in large, showy trusses from late winter to early spring. Plant as you would any of the other azaleas: high and in well-drained, acid soil, rich with organic matter. Excellent choice for growing indoors in containers. Can be grown outdoors where winter temperatures do not fall below 25 degrees F.
The Belgian Indica azaleas are the result of crosses between several different species, including R. sinsii, R. mucronatum, and R. indicum. They were originally bred as greenhouse forcing plants.
Though azaleas have a potentially large list of possible pest and disease problems, they are usually trouble-free if planted correctly in proper cultural conditions.