Can I root a rhododendron?

Lily PillyLily Pilly Central southern Scotland Posts: 3,845

We were gifted a magnificent rhododendron today. It's huge and took three of us all morning to plant. However, sadly, in the process a large branch snapped. It's healthy with four bids.  Is there any way I can root this?

I have never done this before so appreciate help. we can't wait to see it come out as all we know is it's white!

Weeds are flowers, too, once you get to know them.”
A A Milne

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  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 8,244

    Almost no chance of that branch rooting, Lily.  You can layer them (ie bend a branch down to the ground and hold it down with a rock or a U-shaped peg and it will root in a few months.  However, if you strip off most of the leaves and all flower buds from the detached branch you have and stick it in the ground somewhere out of direct sunlight, you never know - plants want to live and will always try! image

    Last edited: 29 April 2017 18:13:46

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  • Lily PillyLily Pilly Central southern Scotland Posts: 3,845

    Oh dear Bob, I had a feeling that might be the case, however I think I might just try it!

    I love a challenge and who knows?

    thanks for the honest advice

    Weeds are flowers, too, once you get to know them.”
    A A Milne
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