For some reason, we’ve received a few queries recently about the right conditions for rhododendrons so we thought we’d put out a bit of advice (and by the way, azaleas are from the same family and the same goes for them).

  • They don’t like full sun or deep shade. Somewhere in your garden where they get a little of both is great.
  • They thrive in acidic soils. Compost and oak leaves prepare the ground really well.
  • They need a lot of water. They have shallow root systems so make sure you water them when the topsoil is dry. If your plant isn’t flowering, it’s probably not getting enough water.
  • Plant them in late spring or early autumn.

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