Rhododendrons: restorative pruning of rhodos

Discussion in 'Ericaceae (rhododendrons, arbutus, etc.)' started by darren hale, Mar 10, 2005.

  1. darren hale

    darren hale Member

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    Hello all, I am hoping that someone will be able to shed some light on restorative pruning of Rhododendron arboreum, ie is it posssible?when is the best time?The Rhodos in question are between 100-150 years old and are really stretched out from there original planting spots.I'm aware that this procedure will take a few years and I'd like to get started as soon as possible. Many thanks for any advice Darren
     
  2. Ron B

    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    Will supposedly regrow from hard pruning, done all at once. There was an article years ago actually advocating this as a routine procedure. Too bad you have to lose whatever height they have built up in 100+ years.
     
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    jimmyq Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    Ron B. What is your thoughts on using the 1/3 method of pruning to reduce and rejuvenate aged shrubs, for this Rhodo species?

    Do you find/see any dormant or latent buds on the stems that would give you an indication of potential regrowth?
     
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    Newt Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    GRSJr Active Member 10 Years

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    Newt,

    The link doesn't work. Sounds like it might be interesting though.

    Ray
     
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    Newt Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    Hi Ray,

    Thanks so much for letting me know. It seems that everyone is changing their websites these days. If that happens to you again, what I did was delete enough of the URL to get the main site and looked around until I found it. I also changed my bookmarks. Here's their new one.
    http://www.plantamnesty.org/pruning_topics/pt_rhodies_too_big.htm

    Hope you find it helpful,
    Newt
     
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    GRSJr Active Member 10 Years

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    Thanks. That's very helpful.

    Ray
     
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    Newt Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    Ray, you are very welcome! I'm really glad you let me know so I could update my bookmarks. It worked out well for both of us and everyone else as well. :)

    Newt
     

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