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Planting and caring

for INKARHO® Rhododendrons

Pflanzen & Pflegen

Planting

Take the plant out of the pot and water the rootball well for around 5 minutes before planting. Dig out a planting hole around three times wider than the rootball, but only half as deep as the rootball is high.
Pflanzen 1Pflanzen 2

Mix up the excavated soil in a 1:1 ratio with loam based or peat based ericaceous compost.  Inkarho rhododendrons will also benefit by mixing well rotted leaf mould, pine needles, composted bark or your own garden compost into your soil.

Cover the base of the planting hole with a small amount of the mixture so that the top of the root ball is slightly above ground level (Figure 1). Then fill the planting hole with the rest of the mixture, firm down lightly by treading with the feet, and then water (Figure 2).

Site & Care

Rhododendron appreciate some shelter avoid open exposed sites. They will tolerate sun, semi-shade and shade (see information guide).

Adjust watering to suit the weather conditions but avoid stagnant moisture as this will damage the root system.

If the plant rolls up its leaves during the day (during frost-free periods) and then opens the leaves again during darkness, this is an indication that it is suffering from stress due to lack of water.

If the leaves are permanently rolled up then it could be the reaction of extreme dryness or root damage caused by stagnant moisture.

There is no need to worry if the leaves roll up strongly during frost as this is the plant’s own protection mechanism to avoid excessive evaporation.

INKARHO® Rhododendrons are easy to look after. We recommend pinching out the wilted flowers when finished.  This prevents unnecessary seed development and utilizes the nutrients for new growth and the formation of new flower buds for the following spring.

Look in our guidebook for more detailed information.

Planting in tubs

Choose your container 10 to 20cm wider than the width of the shrub.  To avoid stagnant moisture it is important that the tub has plenty of drainage holes. To enhance this drainage place pieces of broken flower pot, or gravel in the bottom of the tub. Use loam based or peat based ericaceous compost

The rootball must be watered well for about 5 minutes before planting. Remove the shrub from the pot before watering.

INKARHO® plants in containers grow best in sites protected from the wind. To find out what degree of shade or light is ideal for each variety, check the information in the guidebook of varieties.

We also recommend replanting the shrubs every year in a larger tub which matches the amount of growth which has taken place.

Adjust the watering to suit the weather conditions and preferably with collected rain water. Tap water has a pH of at least 7 and this will raise the compost ph significantly over a season.

Rhododendron appreciate some shelter avoid open exposed sites. They will tolerate sun, semi-shade and shade (see information guide).

If the plant rolls up its leaves during the day (during frost-free periods) and then opens the leaves again during darkness, this is an indication that it is suffering from stress due to lack of water.

If the leaves are permanently rolled up then it could be the reaction of extreme dryness or root damage caused by stagnant moisture.

There is no need to worry if the leaves roll up strongly during frost as this is the plant’s own protection mechanism to avoid excessive evaporation.

INKARHO® Rhododendrons are easy to look after. We recommend pinching out the wilted flowers when finished.  This prevents unnecessary seed development and utilizes the nutrients for new growth and the formation of new flower buds for the following spring.

Look in our guidebook for more detailed information.