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Got Rhododendrons?
« on: May 03, 2009, 09:54:37 PM »

Rhododendrons are not even remotely on the list of my favorite shrubs, but today I noticed the buds on ours (which weren't there yesterday), & thought they looked pretty cool, so I snapped a pic....
           
They sorta remind me of fancy Christmas candy... or maybe strawberry flavored artichokes!

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Re: Got Rhododendrons?
« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2009, 02:06:22 PM »

Here's my red rhodies!! I have a bunch of photos to share. But, here's a start!



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Re: Got Rhododendrons?
« Reply #2 on: May 07, 2009, 11:01:23 AM »

Gosh, I was thinking that my Rhodies were red, till I saw yours! :yikes: Mine are hot pink & a couple of them have opened up.
         

           

I expect the rest of them to follow in short order. :yahoo:
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Re: Got Rhododendrons?
« Reply #3 on: May 13, 2009, 07:51:46 PM »



Mine put on a pretty show every other year.
 
When we moved here there were two newly planted snapdragons (yellow) and two Rhodies.  Who ever planted them didn't have a clue where to put things!
 
They put the Rhodies under the Cedar tree, which I suppose would be ok, *IF* water were not such a big issue here in Tri City. One Rhodie has died, and this one truly struggles on.
 
The Cedar shades the Rhodie but it also steals all the water.  So,  I have to remember to water it even in the winter, because not only does it steal it, but it 'protects' it from the storms! hahaha
 
I've also read that Rhodies like acidy soil, so I've start putting coffee grounds and used tea bags on them when I have them. 
 
The bottom line to this story is that this poor little plant really isn't doing well where it is.  It's very slow growing.  I'd love to help it along, and move it, but I"m not sure where to put it. So in my ignorance, the poor little plant stays where it is....
 
At least it's not over run with Passion Flower anymore.
Anyone out there with suggestions to help the poor little Rhodie?
 
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Re: Got Rhododendrons?
« Reply #4 on: May 24, 2009, 09:21:00 AM »

If your Rhodie is under a cedar tree, I'd sure move it if I were you!  (Surely there's a place for it somewhere where it won't compete for water.)  It's my understanding that Rhododendrons & Azaleas should be pruned, shaped & fed in the spring, soon after the blossoms fall off & the reason is because that's when they get themselves ready for next year's blossoms.  Waiting for fall, when we clean up our other plants, or toward the end of winter, when we prune our roses, is too late if you want pretty Rhodies & Azaleas next spring.

This is what mine looked like last week.
           

As I mentioned earlier, Rhododendrons are not my favorite.  I don't like the sticky mess when the blossoms fall off, & it takes several years for any of the fallen residue to break down... so this bush belongs to my husband & it's his job to clean up around it, if he wants to keep it.
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Re: Got Rhododendrons?
« Reply #5 on: May 28, 2009, 09:21:02 PM »

I didn't know about the mess after they bloom.  I really don't know where to move it to.  I'll have to think on it.  In the meantime, it's getting more water than it ever has this year.
 
With those two 100 foot hoses we got, we can now water the front yard from the well, very easily! Hoorah!  I've watered my front yard three times already!   :whistle:
 
Don't look Tri City Water District! 
 
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