Where are you located? Not all Azaleas are equally hardy. Look for a label
in the pot; if you are lucky, it might have a cultivar name or group name,
then someone can tell you how hardy it is relative to where you live.
Your Azalea was probably grown in a cool (unheated or minimally so, but
frost-free) greenhouse. The humidity was fairly high compared to that of
the average house in winter, and light levels were fairly high. To keep it
from going into shock, keep it in as bright yet cool spot as possible. If
you have a cool, frost-free sun room, that would be ideal. In any case,
keep it away from radiators.
Don't ever let the pot dry out completely (almost surely fatal), but make
sure that no water is left standing in the catch basin under the pot longer
than just briefly; they don't like to be left in waterlogged, stagnant soil
because anaerobic conditions are *** most plants.
You can feed it with a water-soluble fertilizer. Pick one with an acidic
reaction, like "Miracid" <tm>.
> Just got an azalea as a gift for the holiday season.
> Any tips on basic care and maintenance of this plant? Does it like to be
> kept wet or dry, shade or direct sun, indoors or outdoors. I want to do
> this right 'cause its a beautiful plant. I'm really a plant novice the
> longest living plant I own is a cactus.
> "Everything's possible, Nothing's guaranteed"