Rhododendrons: By Rhodendrum plant is...

Discussion in 'Ericaceae (rhododendrons, arbutus, etc.)' started by barely, Apr 2, 2008.

  1. barely

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    ... alive but has NOT flowered in the four years since planting. There are buds on the plant and the location is approx 75% sunshine daily.
    I am thinking this poor Rhody needs to be transplaneted. But when is the best time and will it do good in a huge container (yes, I know I wouldn't be able to move that container once the plant starts growing)?
    Help needed!!
     
  2. Ron B

    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    Some kinds are slow to get enough to bloom. Was it a little thing when you put it in? Does it look green and healthy otherwise?
     
  3. barely

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    We bought at the Great Canadian Wholesale so it may have been sick to begin with. And yes it was a little fella when I planted it. The soil in front of my trailer has a lot of clay and I thought that could contribute to my Rhody's problems???
     
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    Sorry I missed your last line Ron. Yes it's really bright green and the leave look healthy to me. The only success in grow I seem to have is rocks, stones and strawberries.
     
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    My Rhodendrum update

    I am glad to say my Rhody has finealy bloomed. Since I am not sure if I can post a picture I'll leave the beauty to mind of the reader, the pink flowers were a beautiful sight.
    What I do wonder though is after the blooms turn brown and have fallen do I need to break off the sticky sticks that are left? I wouldn't want to do the wrong thing and reck this late bloomer. LOL
     
  6. Herman56

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    Re: My Rhodendrum update

    "breaking off the sticky sticks" is a way to avoid the rhododendron to create seeds.
    Since you will probably not need the seeds this is a good strategy: creating seeds costs the rhodo a lot of energy.
    The energy can better be used for new branches/leaves and flower-buds for next year.

    Kind regards,

    Herman
     
  7. barely

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    Re: My Rhodendrum update

    Thank you Herman I will get right to the pinching in the morning, before the sun gets to HOT. I'm so glad I asked...
    Lia
     

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