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Rhodies/Camelias getting too much shade?

Posted by charlesmartel2 7A - TN (My Page) on
Mon, May 31, 10 at 19:46

I thought I had a pretty nice location for my rhododendron and camelias as planted them early this spring. I have them running in an east-west direction along a tree line on a sloping hillside (maybe 7 degree grade--so pretty steep) with a large--maybe 50-foot yard in front of them up the sloping hillside (i.e. it's open to the sky). Very sheltered from the wind, very good drainage.

The difficulty I've found is that my yard is literally surrounded by a forest of mature deciduous trees. In the winter, I get sunlight. From late spring and early summer, however, I'm at best getting a few hours of dappled sunlight and indirecte light. I made sure they rhodies and camelias were planted where grass was growing (moss and ferns fill in behind them), but sunlight is tough to come by on my property.

Am I going to need to consider replanting these guys if I ever want to see them bloom? Like I said, over the winter and into early spring, there will be sun. After that, well, only in very small doses.

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RE: Rhodies/Camelias getting too much shade?

The rhododendron flower buds form in mid-summer the year before they bloom, so you will need varieties that don't need too much light to bloom. Wait and see how these do, then if they need more light, you can move these and get some that require less light such as:

'Boule de Neige'
'Bow Bells'
'King George'
Nova Zembla'

"P.J.M.'s" They include the following:

'Black Satin'
'Henry's Red'
'Low Red Frilled'
'Molly Fordham'
'Northern Rose'
'Olga Mezzitt'
'Weston's Pink Diamond'
'White Angel'

Here is a link that might be useful: Rhododendrons for Shade

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