By Jamie Leach
Rhododendron is a genus of around 1000 species of woody flowering plants. They are popular for their vibrant and colorful blooms that come in shades of pink, purple, red, and white.
They prefer to grow well in cold, temperate climates. Temperature ranging from 15 to 20 degrees Celsius is ideal for their growth & flowering.
Well-draining acidic soil with a pH range of 4.5 to 6.0 is good. Prepare potting mix with 50% soil + 50% dung manure.
Rhododendrons thrive in areas with partial shade. The location you choose should also have protection from strong winds and extreme temperatures.
Rhododendrons need to be watered deeply but not too frequently. Overwatering can lead to root rot, while under-watering can cause stress and damage to the plant.
From spring to summer add two to three handful of organic manure + 1 teaspoon bonemeal per plant. This will promote vegetative growth & flowering in the plant.
Take a 6-inch cutting from the parent plant in late spring. Remove the lower leaves and dip the cut end into rooting hormone powder. Plant the cutting in a pot.
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