Rhododendron 'Golden Gate'
Description: This Rhododendron has small, funnel to bell shaped flowers of reddish-pink flowers with soft reddish-pink with orange-rose edge and a pale orange throat. Held in open truss with about 10 flowers per head.
Uses: Compact form which is suited to small planting areas or containers.
Climate/Position: Dappled shade is best for Rhodos. This variety likes summer sun, but not in winter or spring. Protect from strong wind. Not so tolerant of long-lasting frosts.
Height/Spread: 1.2m x 1.2m
Soil Requirements: Rhododendrons prefer soils with a low pH or peaty/ ericaceous soil to avoid chlorosis or yellowing of the leaves
Pruning: Generally avoid pruning. Flower stalks can be pinched out (by finger and thumb rather than secateurs) when flowering is complete. Well established plants will respond well to regenerative pruning if required.
Special Requirements: Applying a mulch regularly around the plant will help moisture retention in the soil. Where plants struggle a little if not grown in soil with low pH, then Rhododendrons will always benefit from an annual feed of sequestered iron to ensure the plants do not suffer from iron deficiency which is indicated by interveinal chlorosis or yellowing of leaves between the veins.
Additional Interest: A hybrid formed from dichroanthum ssp scyphocalyx x unknown