Growing Rhododendron: Caring For Rhododendrons In The Garden
What Is A Raph?
Rhododendron (Rhinotrichum majus) is one of the most popular flowering plants in the world. It grows from coast to coast and in every climate zone. They are very easy to grow and they provide a beautiful display when grown properly. Raspberries, blueberries, black currants and strawberries are just some of the fruits that can be found growing in their native habitat.
The genus name “rhododendron” comes from the Greek word “rhydon,” which means “tree.” There are over 300 species of rhododendrons and they vary greatly in size, shape and color. Some have evergreen leaves while others bloom only once or twice a year.
All rhododendrons need light to thrive so they are all shade loving. Most varieties do not tolerate full sun like many other plants but will happily take partial shade.
Rhododendron’s flower buds open at different times throughout the year depending on the variety. When they first appear, they look similar to small berries with a sweet scent. Once fully opened, these flowers turn into tiny white berries that can be eaten fresh or dried for use in jams and jellies.
Rhododendrons are native to Asia but are now grown in the United States and other countries. There are over 3,000 rhododendron hybrids available in the world and some of the best can be found in east Asia and North America. They have amazing abilities to adapt to their environment because of their flexibility.
They thrive in acidic, sandy or clay soil as long as it is well drained. They can also grow in soil that contains limestone.
How Do You Care For These Beautiful Shrubs?
Rhododendrons are very easy to care for and don’t require much attention.
The only time they need a lot of water is right after they have been planted or if it does not rain for an extended period of time. It is important to water the ground, not the plant itself because constant moisture will cause root rot.
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Success with rhododendrons and azaleas by HE Reiley, HE Reilly – 2004 – azaleas.org
The Effect of Reduced Water Supply on Cold Hardiness of Rhododendron ‘Catawbiense Boursault’ by G Krüssmann – 1970 – Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Rhododendrons of the World. by W Harden – 1990 – Digital Library and Archives of the …
Behavior of Rhododendron Species to Low and Negative Temperature in the Botanical Garden Jibou in 2002-2010 by T Anisko, OM Lindstrom – Thirty-Eighth Annual Report, 1993 – Citeseer
Azalea and rhododendron care and culture by JT Thornton – 1989 – Digital Library and Archives of the …
The introduction of rhododendrons to Victoria by DG Leach – Rhododendrons of the World., 1962 – cabdirect.org