Rhodies/Camelias getting too much shade?
I thought I had a pretty nice location for my rhododendron and camelias as planted them early this spring. I have them running in an east-west direction along a tree line on a sloping hillside (maybe 7 degree grade--so pretty steep) with a large--maybe 50-foot yard in front of them up the sloping hillside (i.e. it's open to the sky). Very sheltered from the wind, very good drainage.
The difficulty I've found is that my yard is literally surrounded by a forest of mature deciduous trees. In the winter, I get sunlight. From late spring and early summer, however, I'm at best getting a few hours of dappled sunlight and indirecte light. I made sure they rhodies and camelias were planted where grass was growing (moss and ferns fill in behind them), but sunlight is tough to come by on my property.
Am I going to need to consider replanting these guys if I ever want to see them bloom? Like I said, over the winter and into early spring, there will be sun. After that, well, only in very small doses.