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Need help diagnosing rhododendron problem (with pic)

18 years ago

I am not sure what info would help. I purchased this Rhodie back in 2002 as a Mother's Day gift for my wife. It is a Lee's Dark Purple or Lee's Best Purple (I could not track down the tag right now). It did not bloom in 2003 or 2004, but it finally had a decent showing this spring. It is now looking pretty sad. It has not grown much since it was planted.

The exposure is basically eastward, but with my tan siding it probably gets more sun than is ideal (though I see other rhodies in my neighborhood with similar exposure doing fine). The soil is mostly native clay that had been mulched for the last few years.

Here is a picture. Sorry if it is a little hard to make out the details of the plant. I stuck some Malva in back to try and add some height to this area of my garden since the rhodie is not doing that. The Malva seems to be a favorite of Japanese Beetles.


- Brent

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