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Rhodie rebirth!

Posted by debrichard z5 Mich (My Page) on
Sat, May 31, 14 at 16:55

My neighbor thought two of her rhododrendons were dead from the winter, she threw them across the street and they started blooming! I rescued them and I have two long,, spindly-branched rhodies, one red and the other purple. Now what? I would like to plant them and enjoy the few flowers, then what, cut them back or leave em be.
Thank you!

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RE: Rhodie rebirth!

If the foliage is thriving, maybe let the plants acclimate to the new situation for a while without cutting back. I have some spindlies also and learned they are hard to deal with. If desperate, you can cut back "hard". This will cause them to either spring into growth below the cuts......or die. Ideally, one would prune to just above a dormant bud to encourage fresh, new growth, but these, if present, are hard to find/identify on old wood.

Going to youtube and searching for "rhododendron" will give you much pruning info.

Good luck!

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