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By Juliag

London, United Kingdom Gb

Hello, I wonder if anyone can give me some ideas of whats wrong - I've inherited a fairly large garden with rhododendrons which are at least 70 -90 years old. The were in a huge high 'bunch' but are slowly dying. One died almost overnight and the rest look sickly even with all the rhodie feed. If cut back they seem to grow from the bottom but the tops are really dead. Help??



Hi Juliaq
When I took over my garden over thirty years ago I had some very weak, leggy rhododendrons. In Scotland they are wonderful in the Spring. I cut them hard back in February as I had watch them do it in our local park the year before. Their rhododendrons recovered well, but the flowers missed a year or two. I am not so brave now so I am more inclined to cut half the weak branches one year so I get a few flowers and half the next year. I think the job has to be done earlier in the year than this.

25 Apr, 2010


Thank you - I'm so scared of losing them, they were my Dad's pride and joy. I just wish I had paid attention to what he did when I was younger... Live and learn:)

25 Apr, 2010

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