Please help. I was gifted my first bonsai 3 weeks ago. She is an Azalea. I've done everything according to the paperwork. Only thing, I live in Yuma AZ it is waaaaay to hot to UT er outside. She is dropping leaves. At this rate she will be limbs in a month. Is it normal or am I killing her? There are no bonsai groups, stores or people within 4 hours of me so you kind people are literally my ONLY hope of saving her. Anybody want to be a Bonsai mentor lol because I am in dire need of one. Anyway thanks in advance.
Putting a tree in a small pot does not change any of its basic needs. If there are no azaleas in your surrounding area it might be because it cannot grow there. According to online resources azalea can take cold down to usda zone 3 and heat up to zone 9. If you live in an area with usda zone 9, you might have big problems making it survive.
Are there any rhododendron or azaleas sold as landscaping plants in your local garden centers?