Gardening

Meet the Rhododendron ponticum, whose flowers speak for themselves

Rhododendron ponticum, also known as Ojaranzo, Revientamula or Rhododendron , belongs to the genus Rhododendron, of which the Azaleas are found. It is from the Ericaceae family and hails from Western China.

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Rhododendron ponticum characteristics

A slow-growing evergreen shrub, 1-3 m tall. The flowers are of great beauty and form colorful bouquets, in shades of pink, red, white or lilac. It blooms in the spring.

Rhododendron ponticum care

It is a plant that must be in the shade and in a cool place. So it is advisable to avoid direct sunlight, it only requires 5 hours of daily light. Although it could take a bit of cold and heat, too much of it could kill it.

Low temperatures down to 0˚C favor it, but it is better to protect it from frost. For this, it is necessary that when winter comes, earth is filled around the plant and the bark is covered.

As for the land, it must be abundant, fertilized and with a part of acidic soil. So in order to acidify the soil, you must use peat moss, sulfur, iron sulfate, etc. It does not tolerate clay soils.

It is a species that can be grown better in the ground, since for a pot it must be very large.

Watering must be abundant in hot weather. Now that if the sun is very strong, it can be sprayed over the leaves. Do not water with hard or alkaline water, it is best with rainwater.

It does not require pruning, only a cut to shape it. In addition, it is convenient that those flower buds that wither are removed to guarantee an abundant flowering in the following season.

The compost should be special for azalea, rhododendrons and camellias. It must even be rich in nitrogen combined with equal parts of potassium and iron-enriched phosphorus.

It can be multiplied by seeds, layers, cuttings or grafts.

In terms of disease, it is susceptible to leprosy, gray mold, rust, root rot, and leaf spots. While the pests that can attack it are the false bed bug, the leaf miner moth, the mealybug, the acariosis and the aphid.

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