Tropical Houseplant/Rhododendron - Knowledgebase Question

Glen Burnie, Ma
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Question by mymistye
April 9, 2010
I have a Yucca Elephantipe
(cane plant)what's the best way to take care of it? Next,I need to know the difference with Rhododendrons.I have two plants to plant outside.One is called Roseum Elegans the other is called nova zembla(floweringshrub).The leaves are turned different.Akso how can I expect them to grow in zone7 area? thank you Eager to grow.

Answer from NGA
April 9, 2010
Rhododendron 'Roseum Elegans' is a catawbiense hybrid. The flowers are funnel-shaped, 2??" across, rosy lavender with reddish-brown dorsal spotting, ages to pink. The ball-shaped truss holds about 20 flowers. It grows best in partial sun and will reach 6-8' tall and wide at maturity.

Rhododendron catawbiense grandiflorum 'Nova Zembla'is a dense-growing, small evergreen shrub that displays large trusses of flowers. The red flowers will appear in mid spring. It grows in full to partial sun and reaches about 5-6' tall and wide. Both will grow well in your gardening zone.

Yucca Elephantine requires bright light, however they will tolerate less than sunny spots so place your Yucca houseplants within 3-5 feet of a window. They also prefer sandy soil and require good drainage. They prefer to be watered regularly but you should allow the top of the soil to dry out between waterings. Water thoroughly once every 10 days or when the soil feels dry to touch down 1 inch in depth. Because the Yucca is adapted to desert like climates they are able to tolerate being dry.

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