The Rhododendron shrubs is one of the popular flowering bushes that offer bright spring blossoms. This bush is native to both tropical and temperate regions. Since it is a bush, the Rhododendron is capable of growing up to 80 feet tall.
The Rhododendrons are closely related to the Azaleas. The distinctive difference between the Rhododendron bushes from the Azalea is that the Rhododendron is basically an evergreen bush. Even though there are other species of the deciduous Rhododendrons, they are not the preferred choice by home owners.
Typically, the Rhododendron are characterised being larger when it comes to the leaves, height and blossoms unlike with the Azalea. Additionally, the Rhododendron has a leaf that has a leathery texture.
Rhododendrons can grow from cuttings, seeds or grafting. Majority of gardeners do not grow Rhododendrons from seeds since it will take up to 2-10 years to produce the first bloom.
Many homeowners who want to add a Rhododendron plant in their garden prefer the established Rhododendron plants that are in full bloom from any garden store. The plants are transplanted outdoors once the blooms have died off. When planting and transplanting the Rhododendrons, it should be done early spring or early fall.
The Rhododendron plants are well known to love acid. They grow ideally in areas that have minimal shade and require protection from the midday sun and the sun during winter. These plants love damp, properly-drained soil that has a pH level of 5.5. It is best to check the pH of the soil before planting, particularly if you are going to plant in groundwork where the soil tends to be somewhat alkaline.
It is recommended to adjust the pH if needed. You can try to mix in inorganic matter as well as properly rotted manure. The location is also important since these plants can be killed or harmed by winds and straight sunlight.
Choose a site that is away from straight sunlight if feasible as well as protection for midday sunlight and winter sun. Of course, it is also important to provide protection from the wind by choosing a low lying area or one that is protected by a hedgerow or building. Rhododendrons prefer moist soil and it is best to water them during long dry spell and even during the autumn.
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