The only buds your rhododendrons will form for next year, formed this
summer. Any that bloom now will not bloom next summer. Cutting them
off will just prevent you from enjoying them now. It will not improve
things for next summer. It is best to do nothing. Strange weather
patterns will trick some rhododendrons into blooming early. It is just
a risk we take. These blooms are seldom satisfactory.
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A question from my rhody-expert neighbors. Do you know the variety of
the plant in bloom? What color are the flowers? They're interested,
they've got a nice red in bloom (I can find out the name) and they're
Ann, gardening in Zone 6a
South of Boston, Massachusetts
I have a Lee's Best Purple that blooms twice each year. The spring
flowering is always very thick with blooms, the autumn flowering is only
half as dense. But it never seems like the autumn bloomers weaken spring
bloom at all. The worst that happens is an early frost stops the autumn
bloom midway through opening, & the half-opened buds might just as well
but pinched off as they'll never do more.
-paghat the ratgirl
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