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Purple Gems not blooming

Posted by anitje none (My Page) on
Tue, Jun 18, 13 at 17:33

Hi.

Last spring I bought 4 purple gem rhododendrons and I planted them in a raised perennial bed that gets mostly shade but a little sun. Last spring they all bloomed beautifully.

This year the rhodies look healthy....new growth....nice foliage. But none of them bloomed.

I live in Massachusetts (we used to be zone 5b but I think we are zone 6 now).

Any ideas as to the reason?

Thanks,
anitje


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RE: Purple Gems not blooming

Purple Gem needs nearly full sun exposure to retain a tight growth habit and bloom profusely. They bloomed well last year (2012) because they had already set flower buds the year before (2011). It's also pretty common to have few flowers the year after planting out because the plant is putting most of its energy into root and vegetative growth. In a mostly shady location, however, Purple Gem will grow increasingly straggly and bloom sparsely.


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RE: Purple Gems not blooming

Thanks, aka.

I'm sad to hear that. Especially because I planted four more this spring.That probably explains why they sell for $7 at Home Depot. They look beautiful in bloom in their little pots. Perhaps I will have to replace them with something else.

Live and learn, I suppose.

anitje


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RE: Purple Gems not blooming

Be sure to buy plants that will bloom in shade. Most will not bloom well in shade.

Some rhododendrons will do well in shade:

Here is a link that might be useful: Shade Tolerant Rhododendrons & Azaleas


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