Purple Gems not blooming

anitjeJune 18, 2013


Last spring I bought 4 purple gem rhododendrons and I planted them in a raised perennial bed that gets mostly shade but a little sun. Last spring they all bloomed beautifully.

This year the rhodies look healthy....new growth....nice foliage. But none of them bloomed.

I live in Massachusetts (we used to be zone 5b but I think we are zone 6 now).

Any ideas as to the reason?


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Purple Gem needs nearly full sun exposure to retain a tight growth habit and bloom profusely. They bloomed well last year (2012) because they had already set flower buds the year before (2011). It's also pretty common to have few flowers the year after planting out because the plant is putting most of its energy into root and vegetative growth. In a mostly shady location, however, Purple Gem will grow increasingly straggly and bloom sparsely.

    Bookmark   June 19, 2013 at 5:03AM
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Thanks, aka.

I'm sad to hear that. Especially because I planted four more this spring.That probably explains why they sell for $7 at Home Depot. They look beautiful in bloom in their little pots. Perhaps I will have to replace them with something else.

Live and learn, I suppose.


    Bookmark   June 21, 2013 at 12:13PM
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rhodyman(SE PA, USDA Z6)

Be sure to buy plants that will bloom in shade. Most will not bloom well in shade.

Some rhododendrons will do well in shade:

Here is a link that might be useful: Shade Tolerant Rhododendrons & Azaleas

    Bookmark   June 28, 2013 at 5:52PM
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