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  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 10,351
    It looks like a Rhododendron that could do with some TLC
    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • It looks like rhododendron, I hope I am not saying an enormity! 
  • Kitty 2Kitty 2 Posts: 5,150
    Agree with Pete, a sickly looking Rhododendron.
  • I thought it looked like it needed some TLC but needed name so I could figure out what it needed.  
    Since we moved in 4 years ago I have paid most of my attention to the front and back garden and have not really touched the area along the side of my drive where this sits. I have finaly decided to tidy this area up as it is in much need of it.
    Since this is really nice I think I will keep it and see what I can do to bring it back to its full potential.

    Any suggestions on how to do this would be appreciated.

  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,063
    They have a  very shallow root system,so I'd not suggest mulching, but if you could give it a liquid feed,( photrogen, tomato food,  liquid seaweed etc ) that'll do it no end of good.
  • Kitty 2Kitty 2 Posts: 5,150
    Giving it a feed for ericacious  plants would be a good start Jay. I've just given mine a dose of wilkos own brand stuff. A capful added to the watering can and simply watered it in. Think it was £2.25 for the one litre bottle, so not expensive.
    I've never pruned mine, can't confidently advise you about that, sorry. 
    Someone else will know better.

  • Thanks. Was just reading up and I see these like to have part sun part shade. The area that it is currently in gets sum for most of the day, so thought I may try to move it to a more suitable spot.

    As this has been in its spot for quite some time. Do you think it could handle being moved and should I move it now or wait till it is done flowering? 

    Really want to save it.

  • Kitty 2Kitty 2 Posts: 5,150
    No expert, but personally I'd nurse it back into a healthier state first and move it in the Autumn.
    A stronger plant will better cope with transplanting, and gives you time to prepare the new spot.

  • LynLyn Posts: 22,015
    Make sure you get that bind weed off of it before you do anything else, it will choke it in no time.
    If it was mine, I would buy another.   There are some lovely ones around at the moment. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Thanks again. I think moving it will be a good idea but will wait till early autumn and think I may try potting it up till next spring. 
    Going to give it some feed and try nursing it back to good health until then.
    Thanks for your replies and help, as always it is greatly appreciated and very valuable.

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