Rhododendron Plants

Soil Depth

Anonymous added on June 14, 2015 | Answered

I have an area that is now hard packed gravel/dirt and I want to plant Rhododendrons there. Do I have to remove the gravel area or can it stay with good soil on top? What is the minimum soil depth I can get away with for rhodies? I don't want this to be a deep bed. I'm in zone 5.

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Answered on June 15, 2015

I would first loosen and amend the soil in this area so that it is healthy enough to support plants. This article will help with that: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/soil-fertilizers/improving-compacted-soil.htm

This article will help with growing and caring for rhododendrons: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/rhododendron/rhododendron-care.htm

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