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Position – Full sun or part shade
Soil – Moist but well-drained
Flowering Period –Spring
Hardiness – Hardy to Fully Hardy (depending on variety)
Rhododendron are best planted in a moist but well-drained soil or loam or sand within an acidic PH balance. They are best positioned in an area of full sun or part shade. Rhododendron are well suited to flower beds and borders within courtyard, cottage and informal garden settings.
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Planting should be undertaken in October or March where plenty or organic matter such as leaf mould should be applied and mixed in well to the native soil. Dig a hole as deep and twice as wide as the root ball, applying a generous layer of chipped bark to keep the soil cool and moist. Water thoroughly and deeply after planting.
Rhododendron should be watered when the soil surface becomes dry and water thoroughly during periods of drought. In spring, feed with an ericaceous fertiliser. Rhododendron do not need pruning, although it is beneficial to remove dead wood or spent flowers.
It is possible to propagate Rhododendron by semi-hardwood cuttings in late summer, layering in autumn or by grafting in late summer or late winter.
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