Wide varieties of Rhododendrons are available at Fraserview Nursery Ltd. Rhododendrons need porous or acidic soil, morning sun with shade in mid to late afternoon (shade tolerant, not shade loving), protection from winter wind. (do not plant in open areas).
Planting must be 15 cm deeper than the root ball and 2 to 3 times wider. Loosen the soil in the hole (do not remove). Make raised bed with 50% Planting Mix (compost can also be used) and 50% Peat Moss. Do not plant deeper than what the plant was in the nursery container. Before planting, loosen roots carefully by hand if they are circling soil. Ensure soil mixture is compact around the root ball. Water thoroughly and fertilize. Water only when soil has dried out. Soak thoroughly using a gentle overhead sprinkler or soaker hose on the surface. Check moisture levels weekly or more often. Ensure soil is moist before the ground freezes in the fall. Fertilize in early spring (as soon as soil warms up and root growth begins). Fertilize again once new growth has matured with Fertilizer Flower Food. This will encourage new bud growth for the following year. Iron deficiency can result from high soil pH and can be corrected by acidifying the soil with peat moss for a long term green colour. In short term, plants can be sprayed with Iron Chelate. Pruning is required unless your plant becomes uneven or grows over a walkway. This can be done while plants are in bloom if you would like the cuttings. Greater branching can be encouraged by removing the centre bud of the leaf bud clusters in late fall.
Hardiness Zones range from 5 to 8.
We have wide varieties of Rhododendrons at our Nursery, few of them are as follows:
- ‘Blue Diamond’ is a dwarf evergreen shrub that grows to 5 feet. It blooms mid-season with violet-blue flowers. Zones 7 to 9.
- ‘Cecile’ is a vigorous azalea that grows to 7 feet and produces dark salmon-pink buds in mid-season. Zones 5 to 8.
- ‘Hydon Dawn’ is a low-growing rhododendron that actually tolerates full sun. Pale pink flowers bloom in mid-season. Zones 7 to 9.
- ‘Nova Zembla’ is an evergreen rhododendron that grows 5 to 10 feet tall and bears deep red flowers in late midseason. Zones 5 to 8.
- ‘Rosy Lights’ is an azalea that offers extra cold hardiness. It grows to 4 feet and bears deep purple-pink flowers. Zones 3 to 8.
- ‘Purple Gem’ is a dwarf rhododendron which grows to 2 feet and is an early season bloomer. It bears small, light purple flowers. Excellent in the front of a border or in a rock garden. Zones 5 to 8.
- ‘Boule de Neige’ is for areas where you don’t have a lot of sun available. It is a hybrid rhododendron that can bloom even in deep shade. It flowers in white, round clusters, the reason behind its name, which is French for ball of snow. Another plus to Boule de Neige is its hardiness. The plant grows to about 4 feet tall and about 5 feet wide.
- ‘Elvira’ is a hybrid rhododendron that will produce buds that can handle -30 degrees. It is a very hardy rhododendron that blooms in vivid red. It’s diminutive compared to some rhododendrons, only growing to 2 feet tall with same width.
- ‘Cornell Pink’ is a member of Rhododendron mucronulatum, a species native to Asia that grows in elevations up to 5,500 feet. Rhododendron mucronulatum is a deciduous rhododendron known for early blooming. Indeed, Cornell Pink blooms in early spring, even before the leaves are on the plant.
- ‘English Roseum’ is both heat and cold tolerant, growing up to 10 feet tall and 11 feet wide. It blooms, as the name suggests, in a rosy color.
Its really hard mention to about all varieties of Rhododendrons. Come visit our nursery to see them all.