Need info on Rhodie

asthmaJune 2, 2007

I know NOTHING on these and have a Rhodie that was a freebie with some roses that is soaking in water. How do I plant and how do they like full sun? It gets hot here and I am afraid I might burn it in full sun all day but my most of my property is just that. Help!

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morz8(Washington Coast Z8b)

They can take just about full sun here in this cool summer maritime climate, but that won't work in most garden zones.
Dappled shade is perfect, morning or late afternoon sun - with protection from mid day sun.

The first thing you need to do is get it out of the water if you have the rootball submerged. That's a good way to wet a containerized plant if it has become too dry, but a rhododendron can drown in as few as 6 hours under water.

Always set the plant so that its root-ball is no lower than it was before it was dug for transplanting. It is preferable to set it even a few inches higher so that it will not settle to an unhealthy depth...these have a network of surface feeder roots that cannot function if planted too deeply.

The soil should be acidic (low ph not alkaline), and fairly high in organic content not only to aid in supplying nutrients, but to help keep the medium loose and friable, aid in the aeration process. Shredded bark, composted leaves and other composted organic materials are soil conditioners.

At no time should water be allowed to collect or stand in the planting site but at the same time, rhododendrons need to have the soil around them moist during dry weather. A good way to do this is to use a light mulch of the root zone after planting.

    Bookmark   June 2, 2007 at 10:15PM
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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

I wouldn't soak any plant in water. I do immerse them in clean water if I think they need it, until they are wet through. I don't leave anything sitting around in water. Root and stem rots caused by water molds are pervasive problems. These occur in dirty water, including that found in and on damp soils.

    Bookmark   June 4, 2007 at 11:05PM
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