The Q&A Archives: Rhododendron

Question: I have transplanted several Rhodos from my garden in West Virginia to here in Richmond.

I have noted vole holes next to the largest plant and it stopped growing end of May when the new leaves formed after the bloom. They came out, but never grew to their usual size.

I do not see any other disease of leaves or stems.

Thank you.

Answer: It could be vole damage or your rhodie may finally be showing signs of transplant shock. Voles can be caught with mousetraps set in the holes; or you can fill in the holes with soil and see if activity has stopped. In either case, I don't think your rhodie is in any specific danger. Water deeply once or twice a week and give it a chance to recover from the move. Hope is blooms its little head off for you next spring!

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