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DO rhodies back bud??

Posted by paul3636 6a Ma. (My Page) on
Sat, Mar 26, 11 at 10:38

A rhody was collected from the wild so I don't know what kind it is
It has a nicely curved trunk and long branches.
A few of the branches have been wired and some cut back.
Do rhodies back bud??
If they do I'll prune more branches.
Is there any thing I should know about its care in a container.
This has also been posted on bonsai forum with a picture and may be posted on broad leaf shrubs.


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RE: DO rhodies back bud??

  • Posted by tapla z5b-6a mid-MI (My Page) on
    Sat, Mar 26, 11 at 11:26

Hi, Paul - you're just a-gunnin' for those yamadori, aren't you? ;o) Yes they do back-bud - vigorously. You prolly already know they prefer a fast soil in containers and have very fine root systems. They have some extra difficulty assimilating most micro-nutrients at pHs much above 5.5 in containers, so you MIGHT want to consider a fertilizer that has all the micro-nutrients each time you fertilize.

It would also be helpful to check the pH of your water & see how much vinegar or citric acid it takes to bring the pH of water (fresh from the tap) down to a pH of 4.5-5.0, then add that amount each time you water.

Good luck.


RE: DO rhodies back bud??

There are many wild and urban yamadori available if you keep your eyes open so I'm concentrating my searches on yamadori.
I was thinking of using miracid for fertilizer and as far as watering goes you guys send us enough acid rain that I shouldn't have to worry about it.:o)


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