Rhododendron 'Horizon Monarch'
Description: A superb evergreen Rhododendron. The red buds open to large, beautiful pale creamy yellow flowers with soft pink tones from April to June. Flowers are openly funnel-shaped in ball-shaped trusses of 15 flowers. In addition to its beautiful flower heads it has lush deep green coloured foliage and strong growing habit. An exceptional hybrid,
Uses: Highly attractive as a specimen and ideal for any shaded border planting.
Climate/Position: Full sun or partial shade.
Height/Spread: 1.8metre x 1.8 metres.
Soil Requirements: Rhododendrons prefer soils with a low pH/ peaty soil or ericaceous compost 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.
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 cross between Nancy Evans' x 'Point Defiance'. this hybrid was introduced in 1989 by Brockenbrough of the United States.