When and how should you plant a rhododendron?
Autumn or spring is the best period. Rhododendrons love a lime-free, acidic, airy soil with a pH of between 4.5 and 6. Compost for acid-loving plants, peat and ericaceous compost are all highly suitable. Ideally, pick a semi-shady spot for the plant. Ensure your rhododendron gets just enough sunlight not to dry out. Water regularly after planting.
If you wish to transplant an older bush, it’s best to do so in autumn. Apply a lime-free, all-in fertiliser.
How to plant a rhododendron
- Step 1: Dig a planting hole with a diameter three times the size of the root ball. Dig to a depth of -/+ 40 cm. Pour a little water into the hole and optionally add a mix of peat, pine needles, garden compost, etc.
- Step 2: Remove the plant’s pot and loosen its roots. Do this with a hand rake or with your hands. Carefully using the tip of a knife also works.
- Step 3: Moisten the root ball.
- Step 4: Plant the root ball to the same depth as the height of the pot it was growing in. Water again.
- Step 5: Heel in firmly with your foot. You can use any excess soil to create a border around the planting hole, to prevent the water from running off straight away.