GOOD RHODODENDRON CARE STIMULATES BLOOMING
Rhododendrons are a common flowering shrub found in many landscapes in the Pacific Northwest. They are enjoyed for their wide variety of bloom color, attractive foliage, and for the various sizes and form that the differing cultivars come in. Some easy, basic care will stimulate bloom development, and will keep the shrub healthy and vigorous. Most rhododendron bloom in spring or early summer. It is important to provide some basic plant health care practices within a month or so upon completion of the shrub’s bloom cycle.
Always “dead-head” or remove this seasons spent blooms from the shrub. They can be snapped off fairly easily, or can be snipped off with a hand pruner. This helps promote new flower bud development for the following year. Pruning can be done at this time too. Remove deadwood, crossing or inward growing branches, and lightly thin the shrub as needed for light penetration and good air movement through the plant. General plant health is improved and proper shape, size, and form is provided through pruning. Remove the pruning debris and lightly apply a Rhododendron/Azalea fertilizer at this time for good nutrition. Fertilizer maintains good foliage color, and will aid in development of next year’s flowers. The 3 tasks of “dead-heading”, light pruning, and fertilization will provide larger, more numerous flowers, help reduce the incidence of insect or disease problems, and will give you a vigorous, healthy, and beautiful long-lived shrub.
Burns Feed Store has all the items you will need to properly care for your rhododendron. We carry several brands of pruning tools, rakes, gloves, trash cans and debris bags, and both organic and conventional rhododendron/azalea fertilizer in several sizes. Please stop in and have a member of our knowledgeable staff show you these products. We can help you select the correct items to fit the job and your budget. Burns feed store can help you maintain beautiful rhododendrons for years to come!