Rhododendron nebie needs information

juantia(tennessee)March 31, 2008

I moved in with my father(90)in middle Tennessee and he has what I think is a rhododendron that looks much like he does.(ha ha) It looks rather sad with new growth on the top(on old cane) and new shoots from the bottom. When it blooms it is a show stopper. I would like to take some cuttings so I can have a few more plants and then trim it up. It should start blooming soon,it has buds as big as a golf balls. (Just so you know my peonies are knee high.) Could someone tell me how to start plants and trim this so it will bloom next year? Thanks

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rhodyman(SE PA, USDA Z6)

Rhododendron propagation and pruning are both covered on my website:

Here is a link that might be useful: How to grow rhododendrons and azaleas.

    Bookmark   April 1, 2008 at 10:51AM
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thanks a bunch.

    Bookmark   April 2, 2008 at 11:00AM
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I would like to prune my Azaleas down about 12-15 inches. I live in the Washington DC area and my plants have just started flowering. What is the best time to prune them down so they will shoot and flower come spring 2009? Should I prune them down immediately after this current round of flowering or wait till late spring or early summer?

    Bookmark   April 28, 2008 at 11:50AM
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rhodyman(SE PA, USDA Z6)

Prune soon after they finish blooming. They form next years flower buds during the summer, so pruning later will remove next years bloom.

A side effect is that pruning after they bloom removes the dead flower material. That can help prevent petal blight.

    Bookmark   April 28, 2008 at 12:19PM
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