The rhododendron bush is a very attractive, flowering bush found in lots of landscapes and gardens. It is fairly low maintenance, but growing rhododendrons with success needs the right planting spot for the rhododendron bloom. Good soil preparation is also needed for the health of this acid-loving plant.
Rhododendrons originated mostly from the Himalayas where around 600 different Rhododendron species can be found. There are many types of Rhododendrons, large leaved, smalled leaves, Dwarf, compact, Tender, Hybrid and more. So you wil alway be able to find a Rhododendron to suit your garden.
Rhododendrons have lovely big oval leaves. Azaleas have smaller, narrower leaves which is often hairy, but the underside of the leaf and takes on brilliant hues of yellow, orange and crimson in autumn
Rhododendrons produce wonderful large, clustered bell-shaped flowers with azaleas flowers being smaller and tubular or funnel-shaped. Both plants flower in spring.
How to grow Rhododendrons
- Plant your Rhododendrons in October or March/April
- Before planting it’s best to dig-in lots of organic matter
- Don’t plant them too deep, all rhododendrons are surface-rooting, so just cover the roots
- Apply about 8cm of mulch loosely don’t firm it down
- Replenish the mulch each spring
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