Common problems with Rhododendron and Azalea

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    • Peter K

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      Very informative Gail. I had a beautiful pink Rhododendron and i used to look forward to it flowering every year. Then one year after a very cold winter it died as did a lovely bay tree that I had for over 10 years :sad:
       
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        Sad to hear that.

        We've several and some are quite old now. Touch wood we've never lost one, but they are tightly packed. I've a leaky hose system that waters the borders. I just turn on the mechanical control, set it for a number of gallons, then it turns itself off. My policy is "a little and often." Getting the hose out would be a chore.

        and they thrive on a diet of fish poo from our koi pool pump sump. Conversely, we lost a little salix in a big tub, last year (I might have under-watered it).
         
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          :thankyou: Peter, Sorry to hear you lost them...as I've had concerns about my Rhododendron but with the info me and @JWK have been looking at, they need acid soil and I have plants in my garden which love it, so JWK (John) ID my soil as acid soil :phew: just wished it would flower :snorky:
           
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            A very useful guide.

            Despite being crushed by a felled 40 yesr old cherry tree,crushed under a couple feed of snow and frozen fof days on end mine seem to be having a great yesr in fact best ever. Natures just weird!
             
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              Nice to hear WeeTam as the flowers what ever colour really do stand out well...mines a nice white one when it decides to flower :heehee:
               
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                  Ours are doing well this year.

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                    Stunning show @WeeTam and also @zilly ...mine just decides to flower when it feels like it and loves producing leaves more [​IMG]
                     
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