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2012 Pictures

These are pictures that I took in the 2012 season.  Many are repeated in other year's pictures.  A few show how I root cuttings.       Cuttings stuck in bed. October 1st. The rooting mixture is peat and pearlite.  About 50-50. Bottom hear is good, 70F. Adelle Lovit

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 availab[...]

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[...]