How to grow
Most Rhododendrons which are hardy in the UK grow best in light
shade or full sun in a sheltered position.
Rhododendrons are ericaceous plants, meaning they prefer
acid soils with a pH of roughly 4.5-6. For those without acidic
soils, rhododendrons can be grown in a raised bed or containers
filled with John Innes ericaceous loam-based compost.
In additional they prefer well-drained soils high in organic
material - so avoid heavy clay soils and mulch with leaf mould or
pine needles (or if in a woodland border, don't rake up the leaves
Rhododendrons should be planted either in early spring or early
autumn. There is no need to add anything to planting holes
just make sure that theRhododendronis planted to the same depth as
it is in the container. They are easily damaged or killed by
planting too deeply, if in doubt leave the top of the root ball a
few centimetres above the surface of the ground.
Once planted, keep the plant weed free (easily achieved by
mulching with leaf mould or shredded bark) and water through any
dry periods in the first year.
After that Rhododendrons can be left more or less to their own
devices with no regular pruning required.
Rhododendrons at Ness
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