Rhododendron puderosum AFF  KR9608

Rhododendron puderosum AFF KR9608

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Flowering Month:
April
Flower Colour:
Pink
Hardiness:
To -15 °C
Height After 10 Years:
150-175cm
Interesting Foliage:
Yes
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(GRANDIA H5) Not fully identified but likely to have pink flowers during March and April. Dark green shiny leaves up to 35cm long, with thin silvery fawn indumentum underneath, typical of R. puderosum, but without the defining persistant bud scales. Tall growing tree, 175cm in 10 years. Best in sheltered woodland.

This plant was collected by Keith Rushforth in Arunachal Pradesh when walking down the Mago chu. He noticed that many of the cluster of large leafed Grandia Rhodos had persistent bud scales and suggested they might be R. pudorosum. A few weeks later, and armed with a leaf he had collected, he compared it to the the leaves on the two Ludlow & Sherriff R. pudorosum at RBG Edinburgh, and found they matched. However, on later examination it has been found that neither the buds nor the bud scales match the true R. puderosum. The shoots are too stout and ridged, and the buds are more like R. kesangiae but different, so this can probably be classed as an exciting new species, or a good natural hybrid between R. puderosum and R. kesangiae.

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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