7 Review (s)

  1. Angelina Sholokhova

    What to do with half-opened kidneys in rhododendrons? Apparently, they are going to bloom again. Moreover, the flower buds of the next year and the leaf buds are ajar. What to do with these "hurry-ups"?

    • OOO "Sad"

      - This happens due to the large amount of precipitation and heat - nothing can be done about it. My plants (on some bushes) also have shoots with secondary growth. Therefore, I now (in mid-September) generously feed all my rhododendrons with potassium sulfate: both young and old. This will prepare them for winter and slightly shift the acid-base balance of the soil towards the acidic side. So there is a chance that the shoots will have time to ripen before severe cold weather.
      Svetlana MOVCHAN,

  2. Zhanna Kiseleva, St. Petersburg

    Sowed the seeds of Schlippenbach's rhododendron this year. Some seedlings have grown up to 20 cm. To take a chance and plant them now in open ground, or is it better to overexpose them in the basement for the first year?

    • OOO "Sad"

      - With such a good growth, send it to the garden now: dig in along with the container, without planting it, so as not to damage the roots before wintering. Cover the top with a non-woven fabric.

      Leave there until spring. The only thing - at the end of October, on top of the seedlings, you need to build an air-dry shelter. For example, you can place an inverted plastic box above them or a large technical pot, covered with a piece of dense lutrasil (spunbond) on top. To prevent the fabric from being blown off, press down with pebbles. I have seedlings of the first year, and sometimes even two or three years old (depending on the size of the seedlings) winter in pots dug in a high place in the garden, where it does not flood in spring.

  3. Olga Grigorchuk

    My dream is to plant a deciduous rhododendron in the garden. But I read that this should not be done where bees are bred (we have a hive on a personal plot). Allegedly, the nectar collected from these plants is poisonous - bees die from it, and a person who has eaten such honey can be poisoned, lose consciousness and even die. Is it true? Can one or two rhododendron bushes in the garden harm?

    • OOO "Sad"

      - Many species of rhododendron actually synthesize toxins that accumulate in the leaves, trunk, flowers and nectar. However, the same properties are possessed by some other crops growing in meadows, in forests, from the flowers of which bees can collect nectar. These are spring-flowering oak anemone, buttercup (especially pungent), aconite, high larkspur (high delphinium), tobacco, wild rosemary, wolf bast, etc.
      When collecting nectar from these plants, both worker bees and those insects that eat this honey can die. Therefore, experts advise against planting such crops near the apiary. As a last resort, close the hive entrances during flowering.

      True, deciduous rhododendrons bloom for a long time, and the bees are unlikely to stay locked up for a long time. For a person, 1-2 rhododendron bushes in the garden are most likely not dangerous. Winged laborers collect nectar, usually from various crops in the garden. And the exact toxic dose of rhododendron honey has not been established. The main thing is to observe safety measures.
      Leaves of deciduous rhododendrons should not be added to tea or salad, it is better not to smell flowers near, inhaling pollen. Many experts advise planting them away from the beds, eating places. When working with this crop, you cannot use a pruner with which you cut food greens; be sure to wear rubber gloves; branches, leaves to burn (do not put in a common compost heap).

  4. Antonina ARZHEVIKINA

    1. I spend the last dressing: after abundant watering, I put 20 g of superphosphate and potassium sulfate in the trunk circle of the bush.
    2. Until the first frost, I regularly water the rhododendron (it takes about 1-5 buckets of water for a medium-sized bush).
    3. In the last days of August, I mulch the ground under the bush with chopped pine bark or sawdust of coniferous trees. This procedure is mandatory, since mulch insulates the root system and protects the roots from drying out in the frozen soil.

    To acidify the soil under the rhododendron and stop development; fungal diseases, scatter 2-3 tbsp on wet soil around the bush. colloidal sulfur and water; Pure settled water.


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