Top Questions About Rhododendron Plants

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Questions About Rhododendron Plants

Asked by
Anonymous on
November 6, 2010

Q. Rhododendrons, Irises Not Blooming

Strangely, both our irises and rhododendrons did not flower this year. Any suggestions?

Answered by
Heather on
November 7, 2010
Certified Expert
A.

Since these are two very different plants that did not bloom, I suspect that you have an issue with phosphorus in your soil. Plants need phosphorus to bloom. Here is more information on that:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/soil-fertilizers/phosphorus-plant-growth.htm

Have your soil tested to determine what is causing the phosphorus deficiency. You can also add bone meal (https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/soil-fertilizers/bone-meal-fertilizer.htm) to the soil to add phosphorus.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
November 16, 2010

Q. Rhododendron Not Blooming

Our rhododendron didn’t bloom last spring. It was planted a year ago. Could it be that our soil is not acidic enough or that the plant is too young?

Answered by
Heather on
November 18, 2010
Certified Expert
A.

There are many reasons a plant may not bloom. The most common is that the plant is not getting enough sunlight. While rhododendron like shade, if they are too far back in the shade, they may not have enough light to bloom.

 

Another reason can be a lack of nutrients in the soil. Particularly phosphorous. Try adding a little bone meal to the plant and also have your soil tested at the local extension service to see if it is lacking any other nutrients.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
April 15, 2011

Q. Rhododendrons

Are rhododendrons poisonous to pets and children?

Answered by
Nikki on
April 16, 2011
Certified Expert
A.

Although it has a low toxicity, it is best to treat all Rhododendrons as poisonous and keep out of reach of children and pets. Rhododendrons are toxic to many domestic animals, including dogs. Do not to allow your dog to remain unsupervised around these plants. They have potentially toxic leaves and flowers and even the honey from their flowers can be poisonous. While human fatalities from eating these plants are rare, victims who consume a lot suffer from nausea, vomiting, abdominal upset, and low blood pressure.

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Asked by
cedron on
April 16, 2011

Q. Why are the leaves on my rhododendrons turning yellow

Why are the leaves on my rhododendrons turning yellow?

Answered by
Heather on
April 16, 2011
Certified Expert
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There are several things that can cause this. This article will help you pinpoint which cause could be affecting your plant:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/environmental/plant-leaves-turn-yellow.htm

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Asked by
CANTRELL on
April 21, 2011

Q. How Do You Get Rid of Root Weevils in the Rhododendrons?

How do you get rid of root weevils in the rhododendrons?

Answered by
Heather on
April 22, 2011
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Asked by
Anonymous on
May 8, 2011

Q. Rhododendron Trees

Is it possible to start a new tree from a branch or other places from an existing tree?

Answered by
Nikki on
May 8, 2011
Certified Expert
Asked by
Anonymous on
May 10, 2011

Q. Rhododendron Pruning

Huge rose-colored blooms now. Plant is about 8 feet tall and must be 15 or 20 years old. What is the best method for pruning this back down to 5 or 6 feet? All at once or over 3 years?

Answered by
Nikki on
May 10, 2011
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