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Please can anyone tell me what is wrong with my Rhododendron?


At the risk of being silly.......if that is one plant have you checked whether the dead half is the result  of having  broken away from the thriving one ? 

I can't enlarge the pic but the difference is so definite.


It could be a break in the stem to those branches or a break in the bark layer which is exposing the cambium layer and preventing moisture and nutrients flowing up the stems.  It may also be verticulum wilt or simply severe thirst?

Cut off one of the sick stems and check for verticulum wilt -    If not that, try giving it a good soaking at the roots to see if that helps it recover.  If not, cut out all the affected stems and give it a feed or liquid rose or tomato food and some sequestered iron to help it recover. 

If the pruned stems do show signs of verticulum wilt you need to remove the plant with as much root ball as possible and destroy it.   Do not plant another rhodo in its place.  Disinfect your secateurs and other tools after cutting and after digging out.

Steve 309

The problem is that the left hand part is still alive!

Steve.......that's what puzzled me too.......a break surely ?


Steve 309

er...that's not what I meant.  The only good rhododendron is a dead rhododendron!

Steve.........ooops...........whether you love or hate, doesn't it still make you wonder what the problem is ?..............Well, ok....stupid question I guess

Steve 309

No - not at all stupid.  I'd like to find out too, and then maybe I can use it to get rid of the acres of the stuff in a bit of woodland I help with!

None of which is helping much.  Sorry Bluebell!

Wild Rhodos have been an ongoing problem in so many areas for so many the rest of the well intended "pests" be they plant or animal which have been introduced.......Oh, shut up Philippa

Steve I kind of agree,love to see en masse in a wooded valley but want rid of the 1 in our front garden!

Steve 309

Other way round with me - ok in a garden but they don't stay there, and take over the world.  And no, Philippa, don't shut up - there are loads of introduced species that disrupt our ecosystems. Rabbits and ground elder for a start.

Steve 309

And North American tree rats.


Hmm, vermin with bushy tails.. I think I prefer slugs to squirrels. 

Steve 309

...and Spanish bluebells and American crayfish and New Zealand flatworms and Dutch elm disease and ....

steve you seem to be knowledgable on this subject in particular, could the large, purple,mature rhodo in our garden have self spread/seeded a white on a few feet away? it's only a foot or so tall and didn't flower last year, didn't even notice it


Steve 309

heh heh heh.  It's a good act then.

They certainly spread their seed on the ground (like Onan).  Whether a purple-flowered parent can produce a white-flowered offspring I don't know - it would depend on the genetics of the other parent, if any.


Steve - I have to agree with you. I've been on so many hill walks that have a long 'start' in wooded areas and they're swamped by Rhodo ponticum. 

I inherited a large rhodie here by the front door, and while it does look quite stunning when it's in flower and has lovely rusty red new growth, I really don't like them. I'm always thinking I might take it out. Can't decide.

Steve 309

It's fine in China or the Himalayas or wherever it comes from, but we're short enough of native trees here there days without this foreign thug

i'm going to take mine out, unsure when, want to replace it with a lilac i,ve got ..but that's only 2 foot tall at the mo so may look a bit odd!

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