I am new to the forum and came here seeking advice for my "new" bonsai.
I have a Satsuki Azalea, that was a gift ordered from 1-800-FLOWERS... around May. It arrived in a box, with many branches broken...
It was purchased to sit with me in my office, however, I never thought this was a good idea.
Monday through Friday, I would open the east window, and let the air and sun in on the tree on my desk next to the window. I had hoped this was sufficient enough to being "outside." Would you think so??
I watered it a bit most every day when the top seemed dry, except the weekends, when I was not here to water it. I have the pot resting on a wet pebble bed to keep the humidity around it up. (the pot DOES NOT sit in the water, just on a pebble mound above the water line).
However, I noticed that instead of blooming in June and July, the leaves began slowly falling off. Last weekend, I had a 3 day weekend, and I came in to my office to find ALL of the leaves dried and curled up. (knowing i was going to be gone for three days, i had hoped that submerging it in water for a little bit before i left would give it enough to survive the weekend)
I tried the "scratch" test, and scratching with my finger nail near the dirt line of the tree produced nothing but pale brown. I got out my small pocket knife and tried scraping more... and still nothing but brown.
At this point, I think its pretty much dead. I'd like to figure out which thing I did actually killed it.
Another problem I had was with whiteflies. I tried using an organic 3 in one fungicide, mitecide, insecticide to get rid of them, but alas, they still live and my tree does not.
I'd like to not make the same mistakes again, in case I get another tree...
Thanks for any help or advice!