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Rhododendron Valencia

Item: HVAL

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Flowering Month:
May
Flower Colour:
Orange
Hardiness:
To -20 °C
Height After 10 Years:
75-100cm
Scent:
Not Scented
Interesting Foliage:
Yes

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(H6) Red buds open to bright orange flowers with wavy pink edging, softening to honey yellow and salmon pink in late May. Dull green leaves with velvety indumentum underneath. Height 75-100cm in 10 years.

In the color scheme, Valencia 'is quite similar to the variety' Lullaby '. The buds open first in salmon orange to bright red. The freshly flowered flowers then show an orange Kronblattmitte with vanilla yellow in the edge area. The flower fringe is slightly wavy in pink, which stretches along the overgrown Kronblattränder stripes to the flower base. This color combination brightens up to the blossom yellow to honey-yellow with salmon-pink tint. The flowering period extends from mid-May to early June. 9-15 of these brightly colored, widely funnel-shaped to bell-shaped single flowers with a diameter of 5-7 cm are in a flat flower stalk of about 9 cm high and 14 cm wide. A regular flowering flora is often only in older plants. The medium-green, dull leaves are usually obovate, arched in the longitudinal direction and partly wavy at the edge. The velvety, greyish beige indumentum is limited to the leaf underside. The wide-ranging habit can reach a height and width of about 90 cm at the age of 10. The winter hardiness is good to -21 ° C.

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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