RHODODENDRON LANDING FOR BEGINNERS
Rhododendron is popular in many countries of the world due to its decorative foliage, as well as beautiful flowers of various colors - pink, purple, white, red. In subtropical latitudes, these are large trees. In the middle lane there are shrubs with a height of 0,2-1,5 m.
A wide selection of plants of various varieties grown with a closed root system is now on sale. They can be planted during the entire growing season. However, from personal experience, I recommend limiting yourself to the first half of summer, so that before the cold weather the plants have time to take root and adapt in a new place.
Rhododendron is quite whimsical, so when planting, consider two important points.
CHOOSING A LANDING PLACE FOR RHODODENDRON
Rhododendron loves the so-called sun shade - from a tall tree with an openwork crown, for example, from a tall birch that grows on the south side of the planting site of ornamental bushes and closes them at noon from direct sunlight (but at the same time, plants get enough diffused sunlight). In the dense shade, rhododendrons will not develop normally, and in the direct sun they can die. In addition, the plants do not like drafts, so the planting site must be protected from the wind.
Rhododendrons need acidic peat soil (pH 4,5-5,5), ideally from raised bogs. When buying substrate at the 8th store, pay attention to its pH: rhododendron will not grow on deoxidized peat.
Add loam to the peat (35% of the total volume of the substrate) and fill the planting hole with this mixture.
By the way, it should be 0,5-1 m in diameter and 0,4-0,5 m deep. The size of the pit depends on the choice of the variety. Fortunately, today you can pick up plants for various landscape solutions - from dwarfs to fairly large specimens reaching 1-1,5 m in height.
Rhododendrons are evergreen and deciduous. The former are more decorative, while the latter tolerate winter better. Despite the fact that now in the middle zone the winters are quite mild, one week with frosts of about -20 degrees, and without snow, can ruin the plantings. Therefore, in late autumn, make a shelter on a rigid frame covered with burlap or spunbond (you can overlay the frame with spruce branches). Make sure that snow does not linger on the shelters, which can crush the bushes.
HOW TO PLANT RHODODENDRON - VIDEO
© Author: Vladimir VITKO, specialist in landscaping and landscaping of garden plots
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