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It’s Time for Planting Rhododendrons…


The rhododendron is one of the most exquisite shrubs that is now widely available in the Vancouver area. Because of their striking hues, they are not only very attractive and have excellent curb appeal, but they also require little upkeep, saving you a lot of time and hassle. Nevertheless, you should still adhere to these suggestions to maintain their wellbeing and vitality:

  • Plant rhododendrons in the spring or fall, ideally in areas that have partial shade during some part of the day, or in areas where other trees can cast shade on them. This will help them fight off insects, pests, and disease.
  • Stay away from planting them in areas that have deep shade or full sun.
  • You will have less likelihood of getting root rot if you plant in cooler areas that have good drainage.
  • Ensure that your soil is acidic and moist.
  • Add organic material, such as compost, chopped leaves, or composted cow manure.
  • Space plants 2 to 6 feet apart, depending on size.
  • Dig holes as deep as the root ball and twice as wide.

What about fertilizing?

  • Yes! It is a great idea to fertilize them sparingly in the early spring.

What about trimming and pruning?

  • It’s definitely important to keep up with trimming so that you don’t end up with excess growth.
  • Get pruning done for maintenance about once a year when the flowers fade and before the new growth has emerged. Pruning removes the dead parts in order to control future growth.
  • Use high quality pruning shears, as they are better for the shrubs and they’ll also make the job easier for you.
  • Since the rhododendrons make blooms that flower on the prior year’s wood, be extra careful when pruning. You don’t want to snip the buds off for next spring, as they will be made this summer.
  • If you cut too much, you risk having a shrub that won’t flower for the next year or two, and of course that is not a favourable outcome.
  • When you remove the dead flowers and the old, dead wood, this will help keep the plant’s energy focused on growth, rather than on producing seed.
  • Cut near the base of the old flower cluster and remove all of the dead parts of the shrub, then follow the branch back to healthy wood and snip there.
  • Use rubbing alcohol to disinfect your pruning shears between cuts.

Are you overwhelmed by the thought of trimming and pruning? Don’t stress! Call ATC Landscape today if you are located in Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Pitt Meadows, Maple Ridge & area: 604-720-2853.

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