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My small rhododendron (Cosmopolitan) has only a couple of healthy buds, the rest appear brown and have not developed. Is there any remedy please?

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  • Mark56Mark56 Windsor, BerkshirePosts: 1,653

    Did they receive adequate water from July/August onwards through Autumn? This is when they prepare the buds for the following year. Do you have a picture?

    Last edited: 10 April 2017 17:52:40

  • i agree that it will most probably be frost damage.

  • Thanks to all for your replies.

    The rhodo was bought last year and planted in October so perhaps while we were away it dried out too much while still in its original pot.

     

  • Rhodos are surpisingly thirsty most do better with plenty of ericaceous (adcidic) compost dug in. I'd buy some more ericaceous compost, dig in lightly (with hands) and keep it well watered. As it has some healthy buds, all is not lost image.  After flowering, it may be worth repotting with the above compost.

  • We bought it in its pot last spring and were advised to plant it in October which we did with ericaceous compost mixed in and watered it well. perhaps it became too dry while in its pot.

    Will the fact it hasn't done well this year continue next year or with plenty of water will it recover do you think?

  • Musiclover2 says:

    We bought it in its pot last spring and were advised to plant it in October which we did with ericaceous compost mixed in and watered it well. perhaps it became too dry while in its pot.

    Will the fact it hasn't done well this year continue next year or with plenty of water will it recover do you think?

    See original post

      

    As long as it's watered well (but not too much), it should recover as there are buds on it. 

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