Saving Rodadendrons (SP)?

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by Edgewater, May 10, 2003.

  1. Edgewater

    Edgewater LawnSite Senior Member
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    I am in Montreal, and this is about as far North as they will grow. This past winter was real bad here. Very little snow cover and COLD wind.

    Even those that we covered in the fall are in bad shape, but showing new leaves.

    Is there anything that can be done to save them?

    Any help would be great, they are not cheap here.

    Adam
     
  2. AGLA

    AGLA LawnSite Bronze Member
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    If they are showing some new growth, they will come back.. or parts will. In the fall you might want to spray on some anti-dessicant and try to keep them well watered oward the end of the season.

    There are Rhododendron species that are native to the Himalayans, but growers supply what they can sell lots of which are those less hardy it seems.
     
  3. KenH

    KenH LawnSite Bronze Member
    from CT
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    On a side note...I tried Vapor Guard one year and practically had to toss my backpack sprayer. That stuff is like trying to spray honey.
     
  4. Green in Idaho

    Green in Idaho LawnSite Senior Member
    from Idaho
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    Give em some Rhody fertilizer. Specifically formulated for rhodies and other related evergreens.
     
  5. Edgewater

    Edgewater LawnSite Senior Member
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    Thanks everyone.

    I will try the Fertilizer.
     
  6. Georgiehopper

    Georgiehopper LawnSite Member
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    Use a good biostimulant on them..it ought to bring em around
     
  7. Green in Idaho

    Green in Idaho LawnSite Senior Member
    from Idaho
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    Biostimulent????

    Do you mean something like waving a sexy azalea in front of them?
     
  8. Georgiehopper

    Georgiehopper LawnSite Member
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    Well plants engage in sex too...so the sexy azalea may be just what your limp rhody needs.... :) but what I actually mean is something like "superthrive" which is somewhat expensive but works wonders. I have resurrected many a plant using that product. You can also you any of the biostimulants which contain a B1 vitamin... there are quite a few of them around going by many different brand names.
     

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