Rhododendron Plants
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Will Pulling Rhododendron Flower Buds Encourage Shoot Growth

Zone Zone 8 | Kylie added on November 11, 2019 | Answered

I am trying to encourage a previously unloved rhododendron to reach its height potential. It is currently covered in unopened large flower buds. If I pull these off, will that help the plant focus its energy on growth or are there negative consequences?

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BushDoctor
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Answered on November 12, 2019

If it is in flower, it has likely reached its height potential! There are many different types, and they have different heights set by their genetics. I would not do any pruning, or bud pinching until after the flowers have died off.

These articles will help with their care to reach its full potential:

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/rhododendron/pruning-rhododendrons.htm

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/rhododendron/how-to-fertilize-rhododendrons.htm

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/rhododendron/rhododendron-care.htm

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