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Hi i need advice please on care for these plants? & also how to get rid of overgrown ones too, someone said you have to dig out the whole thing ( like a tree stump?) is this right? as i haven't a clue , thanks Connie
Only too pleased to help. However could you be a bit more precise. Unless this advice helps. Rhododendrons and Azaleas are what is known as, Surface rooting. That is. You can just scrape away at the soil, and there are the roots. Never hoe ar dig around the root area. In hot dry weather. They will need a good supply of water. Being as they are acid lvers, rain water is best, however if having to resort to the hosepipe, then a few light soakings a day. A good rich mulch will be appreciated. Usually no pruning is needed, but should you have some weak or damaged growth. Cut it back as close as possible to the main stem. Spring, a reliable Rhodo feed will go down well. As with all feeds. Try and keep it off the plant itself. The need to dig it out. Hopefully this will not be the case. Even the wild one. R. ponticum is a very attractive shrub. Should you consider reducing a plant or tidying it up. Go for the older wood. Try and keep plenty of young growth. Remeber when pruning, cutting back etc. Try and avoid ending up wth loads of bare ends showing. Try and cut back to near the center of a pair of leaves, and keep in mind at all times, what you would like the finished article to look like.
Hope this helps.