The Keepsake azalea is a potted azalea developed by Yoder Brothers, Inc., and marketed as an indoor plant. Grown in greenhouses, these plants are sold as gifts by florists and specialty stores. The Keepsake azalea is often called a "Rozalea" due to its petals, which look like those of a rose. These fragile azelea trees cannot tolerate cold temperatures and frequently suffer from under-watering. With proper care, however, the Keepsake Azalea can provide brilliant blooms throughout the growing season.
Choose the proper location for your Keepsake azalea tree. Many people want to display their beauty proudly, but these delicate plants need to be kept away from drafty areas such as heater vents or leaky windows. They should also not be placed in direct sunlight. Instead, place in a temperate, protected location in the home where it can get indirect sunlight.
Water your plant from the bottom, not the top. Fill the tray when the top layer of soil is dry. Test this by sticking your finger right into the dirt. It should feel dry about an inch down. Use acidic water--one teaspoon of vinegar per gallon. Do not leave water sitting in the tray for more than half a day.
Pluck any spent blooms off the Keepsake azalea tree immediately. This will direct the plant's energy to developing new blooms and keep it blooming longer.
Re-pot your Keepsake azalea in a pot that is 1 to 2 inches larger than the original pot it came in, which is usually 6 inches. Use a potting soil that is fortified with peat moss and make sure the container has drainage holes.
Move the plant to a cooler location when winter arrives, but not a location that will fall below 30 degrees Fahrenheit. An unheated but not freezing garage with a window is ideal.