Trimming rhododies

brownthumbia(5aIA)May 11, 2014

I have 2 gorgeous rhodies that are in full bloom right now. The question I have is, they are getting taller than I thought they would get so is it okay if I cut them back now to keep them in check, while they are still in full bloom? I just don't want to do something that will damage them because they are gorgeous. Thanks in advance for any help you can give me. BT

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akamainegrower

You can, but why not wait until the blooms have faded? That is when vegetative growth is at its most vigorous. Trim at a point just above a rosette of leaves.

    Bookmark   May 12, 2014 at 5:38AM
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brownthumbia(5aIA)

thanks, akamainegrower. The only reason I'm thinking of cutting them back now is because I had read somewhere that if you cut them back too late after they are done blooming there won't be many blooms next year because you will be cutting off next years' buds. I just thought maybe it would be safer to cut off some of this year's flowers before the new buds begin. Hope I make myself clear.

    Bookmark   May 12, 2014 at 2:14PM
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akamainegrower

The flower buds for next year will form in late summer/autumn. You will potentially lose the flower buds if you prune then, but not if you do it by roughly the end of June.

    Bookmark   May 13, 2014 at 5:46AM
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dlcooper52a(NC Mtns, z7)

Some say you can't keep rhodies small. That pruning leads to (undesirable) rampant growth at the cut site. If you get this, it's best to remove, say, half of the new tender shoots.

    Bookmark   June 5, 2014 at 1:55PM
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mikebotann(8a SE of Seattle)

You can also move it to where it has more room and you don't have to prune it. They take to being moved rather well.
Mike

    Bookmark   June 11, 2014 at 11:43PM
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