The rhododendron is one of the most beautiful and commonly grown plants in the world. The spectacular, colorful blooms provided by the plant can easily create gorgeous hues in any garden, and they are a fantastic choice for people who are interested in making their garden a bit more beautiful.
One of the best things about the rhododendron is the fact that the plant has a wide variety of different flowers. The colors vary, and if you have several kinds of rhododendrons in your garden, it won’t be long before the entire garden is covered in different hues.
Depending on where you live, you might be treated to a gorgeous bloom full of purple, pink, and other colorful flowers in the parks and the neighborhood.
The rhododendron thrives beautifully in climates that receive a higher amount of rainfall, and the plant does equally well during the moist summers. The plant can generally be found virtually all over the continent of America, and is also popular in many parts of Europe as well as Asia.
There are certain varieties of rhododendrons that begin to bloom in the late winter months, and some that tend to bloom once spring starts to approach. It’s a gorgeous sight that you will thoroughly enjoy, and if you have various kinds of rhododendrons in your garden, the blooms are going to continue all the way up until the first few weeks of summer.
If you plan accordingly, you could enjoy these blooms for almost half a year or more! But first, it’s important to focus on the different kinds of rhododendrons. Before you start working out how long a bloom is going to last, you need to first figure out what kind of rhododendron you have.
The rhododendron plant has more than a thousand species. Along with the azaleas, there are more than 20,000 hybrid species as well. They also have a variety of different cultivar names as well.
Obviously, it’s going to be quite difficult for you to identify the different kinds of hybrids and flowers on your own, so you will have to figure out the blooming times on your own.
The Blooming Period
Considering the fact that there are so many different varieties of the rhododendrons and azaleas, you need to understand that the plant can bloom at various times during the year.
Like most other plants, the rhododendron also blooms during the springtime. But, this is a general estimate, and you need to understand that not all varieties of the rhododendron will bloom in spring.
If yours doesn’t, there is nothing to worry about. You need to at least wait a few months and see when the plant actually blooms. It might take a year or two for you to figure out the exact times when the plant blooms.
There are even certain varieties that will start to bloom as soon as the winter begins to fade away and the snow starts to melt.
Some might continue blooming all the way into the first weeks of summer as well. You need to understand that most gardeners generally break up the blooming periods into different seasons, typically characterizing them as the “early season,” the “midseason,” and the “late season.”
Depending on the climate in which the rhododendron is growing, the blooming season might also change.
The Length of Time
Another important thing that you need to figure out is the length of the blooming period. The length of the blooming period also plays an important role, especially if you have several varieties of the rhododendron planted in your garden.
You should know that the plant usually requires at least three weeks to turn a conventional bud into a full grown flower.
There are, however, certain species that take a bit longer, so it’s important that you take that into account. More importantly, you need to understand that the climate conditions can also impact the length of time that the flower blooms for.
Ultimately, what this means is that the flowering period is susceptible to change from one year to another.
The best thing about these blooms is that they can actually last quite long. Once the flower blooms, you should know that certain varieties can last up to two months, while there are some that can go all the way up to seven months.
That’s much longer than any other kind of flower out there, and it’s a great way to keep your garden in beautiful condition.
Another special feature that many people like about this plant is the fact that it is capable of resisting the chill. There are certain types of rhododendrons that are able to survive in temperatures as low as minus 25 degrees F.
There are only a few other flowering plants that are able to survive in temperatures this low, and come out and bloom the next year as the seasons begin to change.
Even though these plants have a considerably higher blooming period when compared with other plants such as the cherry blossom, you should know that there are ways to ensure that the plant flowers for as long as it can.
First of all, you need to evaluate the needs of the plant and make adjustments accordingly.
If the plant tends to bloom earlier in the season, you might want to consider adding a bit of frost protection around your plants. Many rhododendrons bloom when the snow is still melting, and the temperatures tend to fall relatively low during the nighttime.
You will have to make sure that you provide some frost protection, and when you do that, you will notice that the bloom period will be slightly extended.
Adding a bit of shade is going to keep them in bloom for a longer period of time as well. These are just a few things that you should keep in mind when it comes to caring for the rhododendrons and making them grow properly while extending their blooming period as well.
Caring for the Plant
Like all other plants, your rhododendron is also going to require a considerable amount of care. You will want to make sure that you provide a high-quality liquid fertilizer and add it after every few weeks to the plant.
These plants have a considerably longer blooming period, as we have already discussed, and you should know that the plant expends a considerable amount of energy each day just to maintain the blooms.
If the plant does not receive its fair share of nutrients, it is definitely not going to be able to sustain the blooms, and the health of the plant is going to deteriorate quickly.
Secondly, you should know that the rhododendron prefers quick draining soil. If the soil starts to become waterlogged, this could lead to a bunch of problems with the plant.
It could cause issues such as fungus gnats or worse, root rot, and you will notice the flowers drooping as well. To avoid that, make sure you add a bit of peat moss or vermiculite into the mix as well.
As long as you take care of these things, your plant is going to grow and reward you with beautiful blooms for several months!
Growing up with a mom who filled her home (inside and out) with all sorts of plants, Lisa got her start in gardening at a young age. Living now on her own with a home and yard full of plants (including an indoor greenhouse), she shares all the gardening tips she’s gained over the years.