A friend of mine has a number of pots of rhododendrons which he intends to plant on his small acreage near Courtenay, Vancouver Island, but he has a number of constraints which seem to present some real challenges: __________ "The soil here is naturally acidic leftover from the majestic forests that once grew, my soil tested at 4.9. The composition is fine clay probably a rock flour deposited by glacial action and now packed hard about 8" down. The upper layer is former forest humus mixed with the clay broken up by root action over the millennia. Saturated with rain it can become a thick pea soup if disturbed. "Other problem is it leaves plants with wet feet, most don't like that so have to improve drainage." As well as that, the house location is very sunny, although he has some forest-edge nearby. He also writes: "I know the Rhodos are suffering from living in pots as we waffle over where and how to plant. Keep changing minds about location and what to do with the ground so appreciate your input. Several of the locations considered were subject to considerable sun and thus reconsidered. Current considerations are under firs but will require considerable soil modification. Was thinking of a shallow trenching refilled with manure and fir bark mulch as I have a lot - perhaps tons of manure, bark mulch not so much - of both." __________ We used to grow rhododendrons in Vancouver, in acidic soil with partial shade. The rhododendrons grew very very well there—so I'm familiar with some aspects of caring for them—but my friend's location and soil type are very unfamiliar to me. Advice would be appreciated. Should he not go ahead at all; or should he mix in a huge amount of peat; or —?— Thank you.