The Q&A Archives: Rhododendron that Fails to Bloom

Question: I have a Rhododendron plant that will not bloom. This plant like my lilic trees and azaelia plant are all near my fountion. Does this matter? I do fertilize. Patricia Vaillancourt Cornish, ME

Answer: The Rhododendron that you have is probably not hardy in your area. Frequently, the flower buds are killed because they can not survive the cold winter temperatures. This is a problem with Rhododendrons. However, you CAN grow them in your area if you chose ones that are cold-hardy enough for your climate. The best thing to do is to visit a reputable nursery in your area. They will be more than willing to recommend a species of Rhododendron that is hardy enough!

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