'fuji kake' rhododendron

tcharles26(usa texas)June 2, 2006

Does anyone know anything about the "fuji kake" rhododendron?

I ordered one. It will stay in a container. Anyone have a soiless mix suggestion for this plant? Any other care suggestions? I've never done an azalea or rhodo before. They are generally not reccomended here because the soil and water are alkaline.

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rhodyman(SE PA, USDA Z6)

It apparently is a Satsuki Evergreen Azalea. This is a prolific group of azaleas. I don't know of any other source for this besides: smallplants.com listed alphabetically as "Azalea" but with the word "Rhododendron" instead:

"Rhododendron 'Fuji kake' -- Fuji kake Dwarf Rhododendron
You say you want dwarf? Then this is the plant for you! Just when you thought you've seen all the azaleas there are in the world, we bring you another one. This evergreen little gem comes from Japan and couldn't be any cuter. Perfect for the azalea/rhododendron collector, but also quite happy in a container among annuals. Pretty lavendar-purple flowers in late spring. Partial shade, grows to 2' x 2'."

Their directions for planting say "green side up" so they have a sense of humor.

For an article on raising Satsuki Azaleas: Azaleas Society of America article on Satsuki Azaleas

The texas extension service wrote an article on raising azaleas in Texas:
Growing Azaleas in East Texas

There is another article on raising Bonsai in Texas: Summering Bonsai In Texas . Fuji Kake is not a bonsai, but the problems are similar.

Robert Callaham recently wrote a book on Satsuki Azaleas. You can contact him at: Robert Callaham, rzcallaham@att.net , or buy his book at:

Here is a link that might be useful: Book: Satsuki Azaleas by Robert Callaham

    Bookmark   June 2, 2006 at 4:25PM
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