Can this rhododendron be rescued?
While visiting my father recently, I discovered that this long neglected rhododendron was miraculously still alive and growing. It is at least 25 years old (probably more like 30+), and the stem had been covered by rocks for a long time, causing the curved stem. This was once my mother's plant, and she always took wonderful care of it. It has been neglected for 15-20 years and I'd really like to rescue it.
I dug up what I could of the roots (the soil was very rocky), and pulled off any dying branches. I bought it back to my house, and planted it in the ground in some potting soil and put mulch on top of it, then watered it well. I had another rhodie growing in the same garden and it is doing wonderfully.
I am brand new to gardening and I have no idea if I did the right thing. I've read some forums about cutting rhodies down to 6 inch stumps. Am I better off doing that because of the plant's current shape? Any advice would be appreciated.
Here is a link that might be useful: Old Rhodie Picture