Rhododendron 'Gomer Waterer'
Description: Rich dark green foliage all year round provides a lovely background in spring for the mass of soft pink flowers. The buds a much darker but open to a mauve pink which soften to near white. The funnel shaped flowers each with a yellow central blotch are produced in May and June. Good compact and spreading habit and a vary reliable variety which is tolerant of sun.
Uses: Suited to any site even sunny position. Good in woodlands as well as more formal gardens.
Climate/Position: Dappled shade is best for Rhodos. This variety is tolerant of sun and heat so suited to locations usually more difficult for Rhododendrons.
Height/Spread: 2m x 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: Raised bu Waterers Nurery of Bagshot, Surrey