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- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: moist, well-drained, humus-rich, acid soil or ericaceous compost
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: May and June
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Masses of pale pink, funnel-shaped flowers with deeper pink edges in late spring and early summer and dark green leaves. This rhododendron is particularly free-flowering. An attractive and compact evergreen variety it's a great specimen plant for a shrub border with humus-rich, acid soil. Avoid planting too deeply and mulch with leaf mould each spring.
- Garden care: Avoid planting too deeply. Apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of leaf mould around the base of the plant each spring.
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Q:The rhododendron I have doesn't appear on your site but the one I've clicked on looks extremely similar.
Mine has been in container for almost 2 years and I am wondering if I should take it out and trim off some of the roots and re-pot in fresh compost or put in a larger pot.
Also want to know why at the moment leaves seem droopy - is it to do with the cold weather?
Feeding - when and how often?
Always try to water with just rainwater.Asked on 21/2/2013 by Ellie from High Wycombe
Rhododendrons generally prefer to be in the ground where possible. Rhododendrons are generally slow growing so I would not expect it to need re-potting so soon. However, if it has outgrown your container then now would be a good time to re-pot it in a larger pot before the growing season starts and while it is not frosty. Aim for a pot at least 2 of 3 times the size of the current pot and tease out any roots that are spiralling round the pot. I would suggest repotting in fresh ericaceous compost with a slow-release fertliser. If you wish you can also feed during the growing season with a liquid ericaceous food.
In very cold weather the leaves of rhododendrons often droop and curl - this is normal and nothing to worry about - it is just a cold response in the same way we would shiver or huddle up. When it warms up the leaves should return to normal.
If you are in a hard water area it is best (as you are already doing) to try to water with rainwater if possible.
I hope this helps. Sarah.Answered on 28/2/2013 by Anonymous
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