I am desperate for advice. Two years ago we built our house and in the process we moved a large rhodo (I think it's a macrophyllum - has the purple blooms) from one area to another. I wasn't sure if it would take the move but our builders said we should try because it would be such a shame to cut down a healthy, mature plant. When it was dug up the root ball was found to be very small for the size of bush but we planted it anyway. It has not done well. It bloomed twice after we first planted it (stress?) and then there was nothing last year despite lots of fertilizer and good watering. Most of the foliage has dropped off and there are many dead, barren branches. I was all set to dig it up and replace it but now I see new growth and flowering buds on the very ends of the spindly, empty branches. I have cut back most of the dead stuff and it looks horribly thinned out but the new life has given me a glimmer of hope. Is there any way this rhodo can come back? Can new growth appear on the lower part of the empty branches? Just about everyone I speak to says I should give up on it but I want to be sure before I part with it. Advice please! Thanks.