R. Purple Gem
I love this rhodo - I first had them when I lived in NC and I've never gotten over them. I planted one 2 years ago into my leach bed, and thought I'd set it up high enough. It was a expensive large plant. It's never really gotten going and now has just a few buds for next spring.
At the same time 2 yrs ago I planted a Mountain Laurel Olympic Fire in a nearby area. It also never did much, of course despite the rumors of deer not liking it, my deer never got the memo so its had much damage. I dug up the Mtn Laurel a week ago on a whim and lo and behold, it was far too damp underneath and the root system had never grown. Now I'm wondering if thats the problem with the Purple Gem also. I replanted the Mtn Laurel in a sunnier spot into a good, appropriate soil mix. I'm planning to spray with deer repellent and will mulch after freezing and probably wrap it with burlap this winter. The more I look at the Purple Gem the more I'm convinced I should just move it now. Am I nuts or what?