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The Rhododendron Show

       Every year the New York Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society holds two shows at Planting Fields Arboretum, one in April for early blooming rhododendrons and one in May for later blooming plants.      For rhododendrons only the truss is exhibited, the flowers which bloom as a group and the collar of leaves immediately surrounding to truss.   Azaleas are exhibited as spray or branch.      The show allows one to see the whole range of colors availabl[...]

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 late September or 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. When the[...]

'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[...]