Posted: 15/05/2014 at 22:05
Tads, first and foremost soil must be acid. Do a PH test if unsure.
Grow in a pot if alkaline but plants are better in the ground. Choose a dwarf variety if growing in a pot. The yakushimanum varieties are excellent
I grow azaleas and rhododendrons in pots and they vary from open sunny positions to partial shade. Dappled shade is ideal.
Depends too on variety.....are you planning a dwarf variety or large variety?
They are tough and hardy and will cope with winter. Some are evergreen others are not and there are loads of varieties and colours, flower size, leaf size, even colour.
Re acid soil, you cannot simply add acid/ericaceous soil to an alkaline one and think it becomes suitable for rhododendrons because it won't be.