Rhododendron 'Markeeta's Prize' - 7.5L Pot
‘Markeeta’s Prize’ is known for being one of the best and most reliable of the red rhododendrons. Large and broad growing, this evergreen shrub flowers in May producing huge scarlet flowers surrounded by broad dark green foliage.
With its stunning colour this hardy rhododendron looks very impressive planted in a large border in the partial shade to prevent the blooms from fading. Easy to grow, it is happy facing any aspect, as long as it is sheltered from cold winds, and is placed in moist well-drained soil.
‘Markeeta’s Prize’ has been awarded the Award of Garden Merit given by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), which helps gardeners make informed choices about plants.
- Arrives as: 7.5L Pot
- Height on Arrival: 40-80cm
- Approx. Growth Height and Spread: 1.5-2.5m x 1.5-2.5m
- Flower Colour: Red
- Growth Rate: Vigorous
- Evergreen/ Deciduous: Evergreen
- Scented: No
- Hardiness: Hardy
- Position: Partial Shade
- Habit: Bushy
- Soil: Clay, Loam, Sand
Choose a sheltered site with dappled shade, however, dwarf alpine species will tolerate full sun. Avoid sites exposed to early morning sun in spring, as this may damage frosted flowers.
Ensure the soil conditions are correct. Rhododendrons must have moist but well-drained, acid soil between pH 5.0 and 6.0 that is rich in organic matter.
October or March/April are the best times for planting. Don’t plant deeply, as rhododendrons are surface rooters. Apply a loose 8cm mulch of acidic organic material and water well to finish.
If you have alkaline soil, grow rhododendrons and azaleas as container plants. Use ericaceous loam-based compost and repot every other year into fresh compost in spring.
Caring and Maintenance
To keep your plants performing at their best, in spring, apply slow-release ericaceous fertiliser and renew the acidic mulch and keep well watered.
Rhododendrons don’t require pruning apart from removing dead wood and deadheading if practical. If the plant outgrows its space, cutting back is tolerated best from deciduous azaleas and rough-barked rhododendrons. After cutting back, mulch, feed and keep well watered.
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This is an example of one of our 7.5L R. Markeeta's Prize