Re: Rhodo Question (Growing Habit) - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by jason73
May 12, 2010
I received some feedback from you guys that this Rhodo bush that I have doesn't look to be leaning too much and that I should not dig it up and reset it. I want to make sure you have a couple of better views to make that assessment. Please check out these photos. Does it still seem as if this rhodo will survive long term with this lean to it? Should I leave it alone? Thx

Answer from NGA
May 12, 2010
The main stem does appear to be leaning a bit. I don't think it is threatening the health of your rhododendron, but you can certainly dig it up and reset it. Plants tend to right themselves - the tops of the plants will grow upright even if the roots and stems are planted on a slight angle. If you decide to dig and reset, it the important thing is to replant it at the same soil level as it was growing before - don't set it too deep or the mulch and soil can rot the bark on the main stem. Best wishes with your landscape.

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