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Can my dying rhododendron be saved?

Posted: 01/03/2015 at 12:52

I think it may be phytophthora.  A wet pot over winter is far from ideal.

i dont think it will recover.....had experience of this 2 Years ago when someone asked me what has gone wrong with her potted rhododendron.  It was very wet and all but dead.......crispy drooping leaves quickly turning black and dropping  

If mine I would not water it and hope for some signs of new shoots but fully expect it not to recover.  Sorry Lena.


Posted: 01/03/2015 at 08:49

Hey....I'm on the telly!    


Posted: 01/03/2015 at 08:18


Looking beautiful out there this morning.  Sowing lettuce and prob cut grass.  

Creeping Dogwood

Posted: 28/02/2015 at 20:23

They will move easily Tanty.  I would cut them hard back though if not already done.  Have you a better site for them?  Moisture is important !


Posted: 28/02/2015 at 15:15

Mistake Bekkie.  That surprise parcel was meant for me.  Wot are those postmen like?  Just forward the parcel to me asap 

Hellebore plug plants

Posted: 28/02/2015 at 15:13

No the doubles are just as tough as the singles.  Actually I have quite a few doubles and tend to like them better.

ordinary compost is fine.....just that john Innes gives greater weight and stability and dries out less quickly.  

My feeling is that plugs will be lost planted out in the garden and could struggle a little.  Pots every time for me when dealing with plugs 


Posted: 28/02/2015 at 15:01

Raspberries...autumn and regular...planted plus medlar this morning.  Perfect weather for it ...raining now.  We have differences, my friend (whose raspberries, etc. I was planting) likes things planted close.  I like to give room to grow.  However, to humour her I planted her way.  She wanted to visit the local  gc too and bought stuff she already has...drove me up the wall!  Will have to have excuses to hand to avoid going there too often 

punkdoc...dont know which is more embarrassing...the fall or the pity from the attractive girl! 


Hellebore plug plants

Posted: 28/02/2015 at 14:53

Not for me.  Pot them up using good quality john Innes. They will grow away faster and better. ,plant out in autumn.

rhododendron in pots

Posted: 28/02/2015 at 12:14

Ericaceous compost....of course.  I prefer ericaceous John Innes 


Posted: 28/02/2015 at 08:30

Hello forkers

morning Bill....sorry you not so good right now.  Best wishes to you 

dry this morning......planting fruit bushes later

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