Fertilizing, Rhododendrons, and Plants That Lead to Divorce

Ellen and C.L. talk about whether fertilizing is always a good thing, and they take a deep dive into the genus Rhododendron, which includes what we commonly call azaleas. Then they answer Candace’s question about whether her spouse’s pruning of the blue hydrangeas is grounds for divorce.

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:33 True or False: Fertilizing never hurts…right?
7:57 Eat/Drink/Grow: Rhododendrons and Azaleas
24:21 Love Letters and Questions: Pruning blue hydrangeas, and can this marriage be saved?

Calsap rhododendron flowers pale lavender with a dark purple  center

The Calsap Rhododendron is one of C.L.’s favorites.

Lemon Drop is a deciduous Azalea (in the genus Rhododendron) that flowers in July and is highly fragrant.

Ellen moves a large Rhododendron by putting it on a tarp. Rhodys have shallow roots so even large ones can be transplanted successfully.

Blue hydrangeas form their flower buds in the previous summer. If those buds get zapped by cold winter temperatures, or if someone (your spouse?) cuts the canes down in the fall or spring, they won’t bloom.

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