How to Plant a Rhododendron Bush


Rhododendron bushes produce beautiful flowers and foliage and hardy plants for your landscape. This flowering bush is popular across the U.S.; it's easy to grow and maintain.

Step 1

Rhododendrons are sensitive to direct sunlight and heat; plant it where it will receive filtered sunlight.

Step 2

Dig a wide hole as deep as the root ball of the plant. Rhododendrons are shallow rooted plants, so planting it too deep will inhibit its growth.

Step 3

Rhododendrons do not require fertilization, but a good compost will encourage a healthy growing plant. Mix the compost into the soil annually to feed the roots and encourage strong, healthy growth.

Tips and Warnings

  • Rhododendrons are tolerant of shade, but it's better if they are not entirely in a shady spot.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Water
  • Rhododendron bush


  • Rhododendron Society
  • University of Missouri

Who Can Help

  • Demesne
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