Hydon Velvet INKARHO STANDARD

Hydon Velvet INKARHO STANDARD

Item: DHYDV

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Flowering Month:
May
Flower Colour:
Pink
Hardiness:
To -20 °C
Scent:
Not Scented
Interesting Foliage:
No
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This is one of our favourite plants with very attractive frilled pale pink flowers fading to near white in May. It has excellent foliage with fawn indumentum on the underside of the leaves, and silvery new growth. Size of head 50-75cm in 10 years.

These Standards have a clean stem of about 40cm, with a lollipop-like head of trimmed branches and flower buds. Standards will always require staking with a good tree-tie to prevent wind damage. They prefer a fairly sunny position. We recommend heavy pruning of the previous year's growth after flowering, to preserve the neat shape of the flower head. Any shoots developing on the stem or from the ground should also be removed to preserve the clear stem.

  • Easy to grow.
  • Group: yakushimanum.
  • Parentage: yakushimanum (s) X bureavii.
  • Hybridization date: pre 2000 (late 1960's)
  • Bred by A F George, Hydon Nurseries. Origin: British
  • Habit: Compact bushy.
  • Ideal position: Dappled shade.
  • Ideal soil: pH 4.5 to 6, and up to pH 7.5.
  • RHS Hardiness Rating: H6.
  • How we propagate: Graft.

The Basics

Ideal soil

Acidic soil, good organic content, pH 4.5-6.0. Inkarho range of rhododendrons will tolerate soils up to pH7.5

Sun or Shade

Light dappled shade is best for most varieties.

Shelter

Refer to hardiness rating. Give young plants protection.

Site Selection

Avoid close to trees, roots, invasive weeds, walls, hot patios, dry banks and waterlogged soils. Do not use weed matting or stone mulch

Plant spacing

Use the height shown in 10 years as a guide to the distance between each plant. Allow room for plant to fill out. If planting closer for instant impact, be prepared to move plants after a few years.

Compost

  • 3 litre pot, dig in 10-20 litres of ericaceous compost.
  • 7.5 litre pot, dig in 20-30 litres of ericaceous compost.
  • 70-80cm specimen, dig in 60 litres of ericaceous compost.
  • 100-120cm specimen, dig in 120 litres of ericaceous compost.

Planting depth

Plant high in the ground, with the top of the rootball visible.

Feeding

Slow-release ericaceous feed recommended in March and straight after flowering.

Mulch

Recommended every few years.

Water

The key ingredient! Keep moist all season, especially the critical time at end of June for flower bud initiation. Tap water is better than no water. Heavy dose at least once per week in dry weather.

Drainage

Ensure good drainage in winter, especially with yellow varieties. Avoid waterlogged sites.

Pruning

Not normally required. Tidy wayward shoots after flowering. Evergreen azaleas and Bloombux can be clipped into a low hedge.

Deadheading

Remove old flower-heads, particularly on young or weak plants.


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