Rhododendron Container Garden - Knowledgebase Question

Westland, MI
Question by maggie5869
April 6, 2001
Can one grow Rhododendrons as container garden? How well will it do in a container, say on our patio, and how would we care for it in the fall/winter season?


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Answer from NGA
April 6, 2001

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Yes, they can be grown in containers. They need soil that retains moisture, which they like, but also drains extremely well, which their roots insist upon. They need acidic soil so fertilize with a product such as Miracid. If your patio provides filtered sunlight that would be ideal. There are hybrids that will take temperatures of minus 25 degrees F. If you are colder than that, bring the container indoors in winter. You might also want to choose a variety that naturally stays small as it would be easier to move about.

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