Rhododendron bushes are lovely and make excellent landscaping plants. During the growing season, they bloom beautiful flowers that can appear in shades of pink, lavender, white and other colors. If you are considering growing a rhododendron bush, you should learn how to properly care for it so that it performs at its best.
In general, rhododendron is extremely hardy and can withstand such conditions as a lot of shade, pollution and varying climates. When you plant your new rhododendron bush, make sure to choose a spot in your garden or front lawn that sees a good deal of sunlight and partial shade throughout the day. The soil bed should be acidic, with a pH level ranging between 4.5 and 6.0. Make sure to add a good layer of thick mulch around the plant after initial watering.
Avoid planting your rhododendrons in full shade. Keep in mind that, as a general rule, the bush requires mostly full sun for its optimal growth. With the proper amount of sunlight on a daily basis, you can expect your plant to grace you with its striking presence for decades. Make sure to water you plant, especially during droughts, when they will require a good gallon of water per week, either from a sprinkler or hose. Deep watering is essential due to rhododendron’s shallow root systems.
You should also administer a good fertilizer to your rhododendron bushes if the soil is not completely perfect for the plant. Do this during the fall or early spring, and use a slow acting granular fertilizer that is made for plants that enjoy acidic conditions. One or two handfuls should prove sufficient, and make sure you spread it out to around one and a half feet over the plant. However, mulching the soil bed on a regular basis should ensure that you no longer need to fertilize your rhododendron too often.