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More on growing Rhododendron seed.

How I grow rhododendron seed             Most people would never contemplate growing rhododendrons from seed, but it is a requirement if you want to find new hybrids.  There are some species rhododendrons that come true from seed and in some cases it is the only way to propagate them.           I collect my seed in October.  I leave the seed capsules in kraft paper envelops for 2 or 3 weeks to dry.  Each seed lot is kept in a separate envelope. Starting in late October a[...]

'Catskill' and Hardy Rhododendrons.

‘                                                                             Catskill’ and Hardy Rhododendrons   In the 1950s and 70s, Paul Vossburg was very interested in hybridizing with the goal of creating hardy rhododendrons.    This interest was the result of his witnessing the work that Clem Bowers  was doing at Hick’s Nursery on Long Island. (For more on this attend the 2019 Annual Convention in Philadelphia.) Paul made the following cross: (‘Charles Dick[...]

Rhododendron Culture for New Growers.

Almost all of this web site is designed for experienced growers and it occurred to me that a person new to rhododendron growing might stumble on this web site via Google and not find any information that would be meaningful to them. So what follows is an introduction to rhododendron culture. Location:  Most rhododendrons do best in light shade, especially in the afternoon.  The north or east side of a building is best.  A windy spot should be avoided as the leaves can be d[...]