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By Chilton

United Kingdom Gb

my Rhodendron is growing in a large pot in the garden and has buds on it that never seem to open and flower....why is this?



Welcome to GoY, your rhododendron could be pot bound, underfed, in full sun... Could you add a photo to your question please.

14 May, 2012


How long's it been in the same pot?

14 May, 2012


Are the flower buds turning brown and crispy? If so, you should try to pick them all off and bin or burn them, don't compost them. My dwarf Rhodie had this and it has been cured by picking off dead buds and also spraying with a fungicide after new buds have formed (in late summer). Also, a feed with ericaceous food would be good. You can buy pellets or a powder to mix up and water on.

14 May, 2012


Thats interesting Volunteer. I have had the same problem with an azalea these past two years and I assumed it was frost damage as there were some flowers lower down on the bush. What do you think is causing the problem then?

14 May, 2012


It's probably some kind of fungal infection. Mine is flowering well this year, but it's been quite a long haul to get it clean. Fed and mulched it well last year.

17 May, 2012


Which fungicide would you recommend?

17 May, 2012

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