rhododendron - Knowledgebase Question

aurora, Oh
Question by polywog2574
June 7, 2009
my rhododendron did not bloom this year and it has some dried up leaves throught out the plant.the plant is very large approx 10.ft wide and 5.ft tall,its been there for about 30 years and we never had a problem with it before.any suggestions. thank paul&diane.

Answer from NGA
June 7, 2009


If you look carefully at your rhodie, especially later this summer, you'll be able to predict the number of flowers it is going to set next spring by looking closely at the buds it is developing. Thin, narrow buds are leaf buds; short, fat buds are flower buds. If your rhodie normally produces lots of flowers and this year did not set any, it's either weather related or a cultural problem (inconsistent soil moisture - enough to stress the plant - would be a reason for non-blooming). Hope this sheds some light on the subject!

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