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Rhododendron & Yew

Posted by cnord 4 (My Page) on
Sun, May 20, 07 at 10:53

The Rhod. is probably about 15 yrs old. Bloomed beautifully this year. I would say it is about 5 ft tall. Suddenly it is wilting/dying. I have been very good about keeping it watered in our dry, windy weather. Do they have a short life span? Cant rem the variety but it is the one recommended for our climate, lavender flowers. I have had them before and if I remember they didnt live very long either.
Also, when is the best time to trim a Yew? Never can rem' if you wait for the new growth to harden or trim it before then. It is a very tall upright, one that I love but is now taking over the neighbors sidewalk! I thought I would try to shape it a little so that it fits its own space and not everyone elses!

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RE: Rhododendron & Yew

Have you put on some Epsom salts on the rhodie? Give it a tablespoon sprinkled around the base and water it in. Also a dose of Miracid would not be amiss! If those don't perk it up, don't loose hope just yet... it is a natural response to the excessive heat and dry we've had.

Rhodies if fed and taken care of can live to be a hundred easily in the Pacific Northwest, so why not here? :)


RE: Rhododendron & Yew

Thanks Marie-never tried the Epsom salts. And I know what you mean about the long lived rhodies elsewhere. I am originally from Penna and we used to have them as big as a garage. I will keep my fingers crossed.

RE: Rhododendron & Yew

Epsom salts should be applied every-other year in low doses. That family of plants needs the extra magnesium :)


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