de budding rhodos

Discussion in 'Ericaceae (rhododendrons, arbutus, etc.)' started by anon125, May 28, 2017.

  1. anon125

    anon125 Active Member

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    after the blooms fall off we diligently snap off the old bits.
    by bits i mean the bit with several long things that used to have flowers on them
    we know others who never do this.
    how crucial is it?
    thanks all
     
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    Eric La Fountaine Contributor UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Not really necessary. I do it to the ones I can reach because it make the plants look so much nicer. Also one has to be careful not to damage the new shoots growing around the fruiting structure when doing this.
     
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    Thanks Eric
    "it make the plants look so much nicer" do you mean the old bits look unsightly?
    or does it affect the new blooms?
     
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    Eric La Fountaine Contributor UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    I simply mean I think the old dried fruiting structures are unattractive. And of course that was a typo, "it makes the plants look so much nicer." I don't think it has any effect on the new blooms.
     
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    thanks very much for your help
     

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