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May 20, 2012 10:57 AM CST
| Any helpful hints or ideas will be greatly appreciated.........My Brother brought me this rhododendron from the greenhouse that he manages. It wasn't sellable so he thought I could bring it to life I don't know if it will help it to cut it back only to the new growth. should I cut it back or should I let it go?|
Jun 2, 2012 9:37 PM CST
|I'm not an expert on rhodies, but I had one that looked like that a few years ago. |
I pruned all the dead parts back to just above a healthy leaf node. I bounced back beautifully.
I would also re-pot it right away. Keep it in the shade.
Southern Maryland (Zone 7a)
Jun 4, 2012 3:11 AM CST
| I agree with Lynn, that is what I would do if I came across this baby at work... I work at a nursery. When transplanting it, I would make sure it was into some good organic nutrient-rich soil/mix, and give it a good feeding too, while I'm at it.|
In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt. ~ Margaret Atwood
Jun 4, 2012 9:47 AM CST
|Hi Speediebean. Love your avatar.|
Jun 4, 2012 4:13 PM CST
|Me three. Good advice.|
What's your soil like? Acidic enough? Maybe a spray of anti-desiccant this winter to help it get a good start.
Jun 4, 2012 5:15 PM CST
|It will turn into a lovely swan of a rhodie.|
Jul 28, 2012 7:41 PM CST
|I was hoping to find a thread on rhodies. |
We have inherited a lovely but quite large one I would like to cut back a bit. When is the best time of the year to do that?
Do I just try not to cut all the way back to old growth?
Jul 28, 2012 7:57 PM CST
|In my experience rhodies are pretty forgiving. Prune back to any set of rosettes, depending on how drastically it is desired to prune. Always make the cut about a quarter of an inch above the rosette. |
They can be pruned at any time without harming the plant. If buds are already set for next year, you might miss a year of blooms.