Rhododendrons: rhododendron flowers

Discussion in 'Ericaceae (rhododendrons, arbutus, etc.)' started by arnhall, Jun 19, 2007.

  1. arnhall

    arnhall Member

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    is it necessary to pinch the dead flowers from rhododendron & azaleas?
     
  2. Michael F

    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    It isn't necessary, but the plants look nicer if you do. Up to you, whether you think the effort is worthwhile for the improvement in appearance. I don't usually bother.
     
  3. jumbojimmy

    jumbojimmy Active Member

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    Actually, pinching the dead flowers, will make the bud/side shoot to grow quickly. When you pinch the dead flowers you are giving more sun-light on those buds, and therefore, leaf growth will appear fast. So, when you do pich those dead flowers, ensure that you don't damage the buds unless if you don't want your tree to grow too fast.
     

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