Rhododendron, flower from the Himalayas

The rhododendron is a wonderful evergreen ornamental shrub with dense foliage and impressive flowers that vary in color (red, pink, blue, purple, white) and in size. An exotic flower that loves dew, the rhododendron fills  with flowers; in the winter and preserves them until February. As for the different kinds of rhododendron, you really miss it! From low shrubs to tall trees. Do not forget to mention that the rhododendron belongs to the same family as the azalea. If you have such relatives, the rest is left over!

Under what conditions are the Rhododendron planted and thrived?

Rhododendron is a fairly demanding plant, prefers acidic soil, rich in organic matter with good drainage. If planted in a pot, make sure to procure a special mold for acidophilus plants. We place the rhododendron in a shady or semi-shaded area, as direct exposure to the sun may cause problems. The rhododendron, although quite resistant to low temperatures, must be protected from cold and dry winds.

What needs to watering and lubrication has the rhododendron?

The rhododendron has a superficial root system, loves moisture and requires frequent watering, provided there is good drainage on the ground. Fertilization in the rhododendron is necessary to maintain the low pH of the soil. After the end of the flowering of the rhododendron, we fertilize once a month with a complete fertilizer specific for acidophilous plants.

How is it pruned and how does the rhododendron grow?

The rhododendron has no particular need for pruning and is pruned slightly after the end of its flowering, giving it the shape we want. The proliferation of the rhododendron is mainly done with parietals and semi- cuttings are taken during the summer. It can also be seeded, but it is not preferred as it grows at a slower pace.

And a secret to the rhododendron

The rhododendron can ideally be planted beneath or beside conifers, where the pH of the soil is quite low and many ornamental plants do not thrive.