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How to Plant a Monrovia Rhododendron

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How to Plant a Monrovia Rhododendron

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Overview

Monrovia rhododendrons are special hybrids created and sold by the Monrovia nursery, a plant nursery that specializes in the sale of rhododendrons and azaleas. Varieties of Monrovia rhododendrons are hardy from zone 11 down to zone 4. Monrovia rhododendrons come in a plethora of colors, from white to yellow to pink, and many of them love partial to heavy shade. Purchase Monrovia rhododendron from a local retailer.

Step 1

Choose a spot in your yard that suits the Monrovia rhododendrons' needs. Most rhododendron prefer partial sun, all need rich, well-drained soil. Improve your soil by adding compost or manure to it, 4 inches per square foot. Work the compost or manure into the soil to a depth of 5 inches.

Step 2

Plant the Monrovia rhododendron in the spring after the last frost. This will give the plant time to adjust and establish itself.

Step 3

Dig a hole 2 to 3 inches shallower than the container the Monrovia rhododendron came in and two to three times as wide.

Step 4

Place plant in the hole. Back fill the hole with soil, leaving 2 inches of the root ball above the soil level. (ref 3)

Step 5

Water until the soil is moist. Mulch over the soil with pine needles or wood chips to keep the soil moist and prevent weeds from growing around the Monrovia rhododendron.

Step 6

Pluck any flowers or flower buds off of the rhododendron. This will give the plant time to root itself.

Tips and Warnings

  • Keep the soil around the Monrovia rhododendron moist at all times. The roots are shallow and dry out easily.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Compost or manure
  • Mulch

References

  • ALASKA AZALEA
  • ENGLISH ROSEUM RHODODENDRON
  • Rhododendron

Who Can Help

  • Monrovia Rhododendrons
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About this Author

Hollan Johnson is a freelance writer for many online publications including Garden Guides and eHow. She is also a contributing editor for Brighthub. She has been writing freelance for over a year and her focus' are travel, gardening, sewing, and Mac computers. Prior to freelance writing, Hollan taught English in Japan. She has a B.A. in linguistics from the University of Las Vegas, Nevada.

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