My rhododendron called 'Sunshine Girl' is beginning to bloom out and it's the end of October. Is this normal? I'm in zone 8b, British Columbia. This rhody is about 2 years old. Thx
I meant to say 'BLUESHINE GIRL' and not Sunshine girl.
Some rhododendrons do have a tendency to bloom in the fall, a trait hybrids have inherited from their wild ancestors. It's more pronounced in some years than others - usually when a dry period in the summer is followed by a wet spell. The fall blooms are usually incomplete and mean that the spring bloom is somewhat reduced, so fall bloom is not really a desireable characteristic. It dosen't , however, mean that the plant itself is in any way at risk.
akamainegrower - thank you kindly for your reply. This is interesting to know. I hope it will stop blooming now so I'll have lots of blooms in May. Thanks again.