Rhododendron Plants

Why Does My Rhododendron Only Bloom on the Bottom Half

jjcoop added on May 10, 2015 | Answered

The last few years my Rhododendron only blooms on the bottom half. Any idea why?

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Answered on May 11, 2015

If I had to venture a guess, I would say the top half of your rhododendron suffered frost/winter damage at some point which, given these harsh winters we have been having, really is not too far fetched. I recommend pruning the top branches of your rhododendron once the blooming period is over. More specific information on pruning rhododendrons can be found here: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/rhododendron/pruning-rhododendrons.htm

Then, from this point forward, I would take measures to protect your rhododendron in the winter - these measures are discussed in detail in the following article: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/rhododendron/rhododendron-winter-care.htm

For more information on the care of rhododendron, please visit the following links:

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