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Dead Rhodo?

Posted by enjoy 5 (My Page) on
Thu, May 22, 08 at 20:58

I am so sad to say that I think I may have lost a most beautiful rhodo this year. We got an unusual amount of snow this year and my neighbor ran out of room to pile his snow so he used my rhodo bed (despite the burlap barrier) to pile the snow off his walkway. I believe it must have had salt in the snow because the rhodo just is brown and not a sign of life to it. However, when sratching the stems, there appears to be green underneath. Is there any way to resurect my rhodo or should I just replace it?

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RE: Dead Rhodo?

  • Posted by bboy z8 WA USA (My Page) on
    Thu, May 22, 08 at 21:11

After you replace the neighbor watch and see what the shrub does before giving up. Depending on what the specific circumstances are it may come back, although it will be years before it looks anything like it once did.

RE: Dead Rhodo?

The green is the cambium layer and means that it is still alive. They will come back once fairly well. If this is done two years in a row, it may be less likely to come back the second time since it will still be stressed. They have adventitious buds under the bark that will come out of any stems or roots that are not dead. I would wait at least one year to see what is going to happen. I would not fertilize since that would stress it. I would make sure it doesn't dry out, but not water it unless the soil is drying out.

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