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TOMMY
May 11, 2016 12:29 PM CST
HELLO .I HAVE A RHODODENDRON STARTS FLOWERING RED AND THEN TURNS TO ALMOST WHITE WHEN IN FULL FLOWER IS IT SHORT OF SOMETHING ???
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Bonehead
May 11, 2016 5:25 PM CST
Welcome Tommy. If you could upload a picture or two, that would be helpful - one in red phase, one in white. Just click on the "upload an image" below. I don't know of any rhodies that change color mid-stream, but perhaps it is a trait that was bred into them. Or, do you happen to know the cultivar of your rhodie? If so, you could go to our database and see if anything is mentioned about color changing. I do know they like acidic soil and some amount of shade.
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RickCorey
May 11, 2016 6:50 PM CST
Hi Tommy. Welcome to ... I guess now we are "NGA" instead of ATP. Anyway, welcome to both!

A photo would be nice, but does the plant look unhappy in other ways? Like yellowed or dead or twisted leaves?

I have a big old Rhodie that does something similar. The buds and small early blooms are intensely red - dark red.

Then the blooms get much bigger and turn pink, then white or almost white.

It appears to be the way that variety blooms. I don't think it is sickness, because it has been doing the same thing for at least six years. Its only problem is that squirrels plant the stones from an ornamental (plum?) tree under it and then saplings rise up through it, their roots competing with my favorite Rhodie!

I wish I knew what variety it is. It had been there for years or decades when I moved in.

Hmm! It seems that I didn't save any photos where it had just started blooming, with the small red buds!

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TOMMY
May 12, 2016 6:51 AM CST
thank you ALL for your info /advice the plant looks in .as good health as i could wish for,I was just more curious than anythingthanks again..bye TOMMY. Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!

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