Azalea indica var. simsii is native to East Asia, particularly Japan. It is also known as Satsuki Azalea. Azalea indica var. simsii is a perennial shrub. It is from the Ericaceae family of plants. Azaleas, in their native habitat, grow at higher altitudes of 500-2700m or 1650 to 9000ft.
Azalea indica var. simsii is a Rhododendron species and is also known as Rhododendron simsii, Rhododendron breynii, Rhododendron danielsianum, Rhododendron decumbens, Rhododendron hannoense, Rhododendron indicum, Rhododendron lateritium, Rhododendron macranthum. It flowers from late winter to early summer, depending on the climate or location.
The foliage is ovate and elliptic. The flowers are funnel-shaped. The flowers range in colors from white to pinks, oranges, and reds. Azalea indica var. simsii is a hybrid. It is cultivated for growing indoors. In milder climates, it is planted outdoors as well.
How to care for Azalea indica var. simsii:
Many of Azalea indica var. simsii hybrids are raised as indoor plants in the containers. Place the container in a sheltered outdoor area when the danger of frost is passed, it will usually continue to flower in mid-spring.
Azalea indica var. simsii should not be in sunlight but prefers diffused light. Outdoors they are usually planted under trees and other plants.
The other important factor is the temperature they prefer cooler temperatures of between 45 to 61ºF or 7 to 16ºC otherwise in warm rooms they can dry out and you will see the leaves start to fall. Keep them moist not wet they love moisture in the soil as well as humidity.
Watch out for spider mites, brown leaves are usually due to soil-borne fungi. Azalea indica var. simsii attracts bees and butterfly.
Propagate Azalea indica var. simsii by cuttings of new growths. Keep the cuttings moist and humid. An option is to keep them under a plastic cover.