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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[...]

2012 Crosses and Number of seedlings

                               2012 Crosses Cross Number Description Seed? plants /1/17 12-01 Ellie Green x {(JM x Wardance) x haemaleum x yak)}yes yes 5 12-02 (AN x HK) x TT178 yes 1 12-03 (Peter Faulk x Red Crown) x TT178 yes 41 12-04 Harold Amateis x TT178 yes 7 12-05 TT158 x TT178 no 12-06 (JM x Wardance) x TT178 no 12-07 JM Tetra x TT116 no 12-08 Dick's Big Red x TT178 no 12-09 (A[...]

Pictures 2016

These are pictures I took of special rhododendrons in the spring of 2016. They are a mix up of named and numbered plants in no special order. 'Gate Cream' = An unknown Dexter hybrid.  Not the 'Gate Cream' [...]

Congratulations, We Were Successful, We Won!

  Congratulations, We Were Successful, We Won! Adapted and expanded from a talk given at the Northeastern Regional Conference Oct, 2015.   Yes, congratulations we were successful, we, the Rhododendron Society, turned rhododendrons completely around, changed how they were evaluated by gardeners.  Let me explain. Before World War II   rhododendrons were judged on three characteristics, and there was a priority to the characters.  The first and most important[...]

Fall Blooming Rhododendrons

I think that it is a fault if a rhododendron blooms in the fall.  Most fall blooming plants do it sporadically but one of my hybrids does it every year and it is such a waste because it is a good yellow.  It is  that I grew from seed from John Nicoletta.    I call it 'Autumn Gold' for the fun of it. The problem with fall blooming rhododendrons is that they partially only open two or three flowers.  That destroys the bud for next spring and thus no flowers appear from that bud[...]

2016 Crosses and Results

2016 Crosses  PF = Peter Faulk RC = Red Crown AN = Annanouri HK = Howard Kuhn BFBY = Bob Furman's Best Yellow Cross #                         Description Seed? #Seedlings 12/28/16 16-01 (PF x RC) x elliottii no 16-02 (PF x RC) x strig  yes  8 16-03 TT277 x strig yes  1 16-04  TT251 x elliottii no 16-05 Ellie Green x elliottii yes  8 16-06 Harold Amatais x strig no 16-07 Harold Amatais x elliotti[...]