Rhodo Issues (http://gallery.me.com/jadigidy#100024) - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by jason73
April 28, 2010
This rhodo is growing/blooming great, but 2 problems: 1) It's growing away from the house towards the last light it gets during the day (see CRW_1696). Should I shape it after bloom to make up for that? Seems like this will be an ongoing thing..and 2) It doesn't look like I planted it straight up (see pic CRW_1700/CRW_1701) What should I do about this? Dig it up and reset it? Thanks

Answer from NGA
April 28, 2010
You're right, the rhodie looks healthy and happy and is even putting out new growth and that's a good sign. It isn't unusual for rhodies to send out errant stems. I don't think yours is reaching for the light (if it wasn't getting enough light it would be leggy and thin, not short and squat). I'd prune off the errant branch, all the way back to just below the rest of the branches on the shrub. This will even out the appearance of the plant and will also encourage new growth on that side of the shrub. I know it will be difficult to cut it off but to make your rhodie look more symmetrical, that's what you must do. I'd wait until the flowers are spent and then cut it off. From what I can see at soil level, your plant is just fine. Don't dig and reposition it. Best wishes with your rhodies!

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