Rhododendron Ted's Cream Cracker


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Flowering Month:
June, Summer
Flower Colour:
To -15 °C
Height After 10 Years:
Interesting Foliage:

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(H5) NEW. Sweetly scented large cream flowers with a deeper centre and burnt orange markings. Stunning flowering in late June and July. Broad habit, best in dappled shade to preserve the flowers. Height & spread 150cm in 10 years.

This stunning plant was one of the last hybrids bred by Ted Millais, crossing a late flowering form of R. decorum which he had collected in the Himalayas, with R. Lem's Monarch. It first flowered on the nursery in 2009 when planted in full sun, and the flowers just stood out from everything else around it. It is proving to be a superb late flowering plant with good foliage. Registered by David Millais in 2017.

• Ideal position: Dappled shade.
• Habit: Bushy.
• Group: Tall Hybrid.
• Parentage: late-flowering R. decorum (s) X ‘Lem’s Monarch
• Hybridisation date: 2000
• Bred by: E.G. Millais. Origin: Surrey, England.
• Ideal soil: pH 4.5 to 6.
• RHS Hardiness Rating: H5.
• How we usually propagate this plant: 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.


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.


  • 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.


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


Recommended every few years.


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.


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


Rhododendrons and Camellias: Not normally required. Tidy wayward shoots after flowering.

Evergreen azaleas and Bloombux can be clipped into a low hedge.

Magnolias and Acers: Formative pruning when young to shape into a tree or bush.


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

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