I've raised the canopy of my largest Rhododendron up near the house. The bottom branches were dragging along the floor, and felt I needed to open it up a bit and let air flow through. Removed all the lower branches, damaged ones, and dead ones - looks much better now. Deadheaded all this years flowers too 👍🏼
It's that time when the Rhododendron Leafhopper starts to show its face. Found a few of these hopping mad all over my plant this weekend. These sap sucking insects can lay there eggs in developing flower buds, which can then become vulnerable to bud blast, a fungus. Any buds starting to turn brown should be picked off to stop the spread of the infection.
There are not many rhododendrons tagged yet in Gardentags, but they soon will be as they flower around end of April and through May. There is a small few on this hashtag #rhododendron , but watch this space for lots more over the coming weeks 😁👍🏼