New Rhododendron not taking so well
I just planted a Rhododendron in a mostly shady area. It gets a few hours of sunlight during the day. The Rhododendron leaves are soft and wilted over. I water it regularly, not sure what to do. Thanks!
Multnomah County Oregon
More than likely, the shrub isn’t able to absorb enough water to support the top. So, while we try to resolve this problem, rig temporary shade and a temporary windbreak.
Please send several images which will help to answer some questions: (1) the shrub and its surroundings; (2) the rhododendron, alone; (3) a close view of an affected branch with leaves.
When you send the images, also explain the following: (1) How you prepared the planting hole; (2) the size of the plant (e.g. 5-gallon; 15; or?); (3) how you have been watering, including precisely where the water was added, also the amount; (4) did you add fertilizer; If yes, how much and what kind; and (5) how many hours of sunlight daily.
Add any additional information you think may be helpful.
I look forward to receiving your images and information.
Here are the answers to the questions! In all honesty, I am a new gardener. This is my first year in planting things around my house.
- How you prepared the planting hole? Dug out a whole about 1.5 times as large as the root wad, planted the plant at even depth so the top of the original potting soil was even with the new dirt surface.
- The size of the plant (e.g. 5-gallon; 15; or)? 5-gallon or maybe 8-gallon. Definitely not 15-gallon
- How you have been watering, including precisely where the water was added, also the amount? Heavy watering right after planting, then watering every other day with a liberal amount of water. Backed off of watering after the plant showed a sustained "droopiness." Now re-watering but a little more lightly every other day.
- Did you add fertilizer; If yes, how much and what kind? Yes I did, it was E.B.Stone Organics, Rhody, Azalea and Camellia Food. I used about half a cup mixed in with the soil.
- How many hours of sunlight daily? Not a lot of direct sunlight. Probably four hours or so daily.
You are so helpful!! Thank you so much!