Last fall I planted 11 Cunningham White rhododendrons. My method of doing this was as follows: dug a hole a little bigger than the pot they came in, put the compacted root ball in the hold, heavily compacted the soil around the root ball.
Now its spring and the rhodys look like they are having some severe environmental stress, brown spots on leaves, some yellowing leaves and some leaves curling under.
My questions are am i right in saying its environmental? from the pics i compared mine to online it seems that way. Also, should I dig them up, scratch up the root ball and loosly plant it back in the hole? i think i may have compacted it with my foot too much. Let me know your thoughts please. I am new to landscaping/gardening so I am not sure if I planted them the right way. Thanks.