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Rhododendron 'Purple Passion'

Rhododendron 'Purple Passion'

Description: A recent introduction with a compact habit and lush green evergreen foliage which makes an excellent backdrop to the clusters of dark purple funnel shaped flowers in late spring.  

Uses: Suited to the smaller garden and containers. Also good in any shaded spot or within a woodland garden 

Climate/Position: Dappled shade 

Height/Spread: 1 metres x 1 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.

However, older plants which need rejuvenating or are unshapely do respond well to hard pruning in early spring.

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: Plant Breedeers Rights apply