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Anyone have Polar Bear??

Posted by sonny300 z8 B.C. (My Page) on
Mon, May 16, 05 at 14:29

I just bought a 1 gallon Polar Bear this spring and was wondering how many years it will take before it begins to flower.. Planted it with a mixture of fine bark-composted fish fertilizer and soil....The tag says it is a vigours grower.. Any info on this little treasure would be appreciated...Thanks..

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RE: Anyone have Polar Bear??

  • Posted by Ron_B USDA 8 WA (My Page) on
    Mon, May 16, 05 at 21:00

In future, do not amend planting holes. Rhododendron 'Polar Bear' has the vigor and size of its parents, but will bloom smaller than a seedling, being propagated from cuttings.

I think R. auriculatum is the best of the summer rhododendrons.

RE: Anyone have Polar Bear??

Thanks Ron: I have an auriculatum that is now 12 years old and when I bought it as a 6 yr plant back in 1999 there was some joking about me maybe living long enough to see it flower..This is why I was wondering how old polar bear will have to become before it flowers for the first time?? Also have Angelo (6yrs) and still waiting>>lol

RE: Anyone have Polar Bear??

I had a Polar Bear quite a few years ago until the gohpers got to it (can you believe that?) I had it in the ground for three or four years and it was already nearly 6' tall and I believe (hard for me to remember these days) that it bloomed once or twice for me. Scent was nice and sweet, too, but not too strong, as I recall.

RE: Anyone have Polar Bear??

Thanks Kris: well mine is 3 years planted (4) years old. Looks healthy it`s bout 5ft tall. No flowers this year though. Maybe next year?

RE: Anyone have Polar Bear??

I'll keep my fingers crossed for you, Sonny, and you can keep yours crossed for me that I will live to see my macabeanum bloom.

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