Question: My rhododendrons produce very few blooms. They were purchased from you and planted professionally about 7 years ago. I have seven plants and only one produces any blooms and it has very few. The plants grow, in fact some are becoming woody and need trimming (another question later about how to trim). They are leafy, but no blooms. I pinch off the spent blooms that do come out. Can you offer any suggestions?

Answer: Richard,

If they look okay otherwise it must be a lack of adequate light intensity. If it is possible to prune some overhead trees just a little to brighten the shade this should help, but it needs to be done soon so the plants have time to set next spring's bloom buds.

Fertilize with an azalea fertilizer at the label rate and keep the soil evenly moist.

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