Acid-loving Rhodos preference for a woody bark mulch environment, mimicking the organic matter of the forest floor, means that in the garden, Rhododendrons appreciate being planted in straight bark mulch.
Provide good drainage and space dug at least two feet wider than the root ball, then fill 1/2 with organic matter mixed with the original sod. Water in well.
Site selection is dependant on variety. With an exception of few, filtered shade exposure of the forest canopy is ideal. Among larger trees or shrubs in the landscape that enjoy the same ideals in the garden or yard works well.
Moisture requirements call for watering on a regular basis during dry seasons. Important for gorgeous Rhododendrons. To avoid severe loss of Rhododendrons with a North American year of summer drought followed by a harsh cold winter, minding proper Rhododendron watering care is most important.
To keep the fibrous root zone moist but not waterlogged, water anytime where there is a week to 10 days without a minimum of one inch of rain. Be especially vigilant during the summer when new leaves and flower buds begin to form, then again in the fall, prior to winter dormancy. Water deeply.
Roots of Rhododendrons are close to the surface and can be easily damaged. Hand weeding is recommended.
For ideal Rhododendron care, it’s most important to consider proper pruning techniques to keep
Rhododendrons looking their very best.
Very Best Rhododendron care tip is timing for proper pruning care. Before the flowers set seed, pinch out all spent blossoms.
Further prune new green shoots found beneath the blossom, encouraging three or four new blossoming shoots for the following year, keeping Rhodos dense and compact.
Where only one or two new shoots develop, more new shoots will not form. Prune these dominant shoots at their base to allow for new.
Always prune Rhododendrons with hand pruners or pruning saw.
A 3-4 inch layer of organic matter such as peat moss, pine needles or bark mulch helps to keep the soil surface cool and provides added nutrients.
A Little extra food goes a long way. Unlike Camelias, Rhodos are light feeders, although regular feeding ensures vigorous growth and production of glorious blooms.
Be it Organic or Chemical, how to fertilize bares on necessity but also convenience. Providing the soil is already rich in organic matter, a seasonal top dressing with several inches of leaf mold or compost can mean only one feeding in the Spring verses several throughout the year on poorer soils. Since natural fertilizers leach nutrients they must be applied more often. Some prefer chemical fertilizers, commonly 10-7-7 ratio for this reason. Nutrients are more easily accessed by the plant when using chemical fertilizers. A fertilizing schedule can make a difference, as later seen evident in a display.
Recommended first feeding would be March before new growth. Again in June when flower buds are about to form, using general Rhododendron/Azalea food of a 10-7-7 ratio. Feed again in September with fertilizer low in nitrogen, commonly 0-10-10, to encourage best color in blooms, discouraging new leaf growth, before winter dormancy.
On already rich soil, look for the regular Rhodo Azalea food with a ratio of 10-7-7 for one required feeding in Spring.