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4. Blooming cloud of rhododendrons
Rhododendrons (Rhododendron) in indoor culture are most often represented by varieties and hybrids obtained from the Indian rhododendron (Rhododendron indicum) or the Sims rhododendron (Rhododendron simsii), non-resistant, but especially abundant species. Only roses can compete with them in prestige.
We call azaleas, compact indoor varieties of rhododendrons traditionally bloom in late autumn. These are one of the most colorful and richly colored crops, the beauty of which cannot leave anyone indifferent both in the garden and in the interior. Rhododendrons are beautiful, graceful and unique, regal and luxurious. And growing them is not so difficult to deny yourself the pleasure of admiring blooming clouds in winter. After all, this is an ancient symbol of success and longevity that never goes out of style.
It is on a continuous cloud of flowers that a blooming rhododendron usually looks like. The number of graceful flowers in dense inflorescences is so great that usually leaves are simply not visible under them. If in a garden culture the number of varieties of rhododendrons is estimated at tens of thousands, then in a room culture - "only" in hundreds.
And there really is something to choose from: nameless varieties with double, semi-double or simple flowers, different structure of inflorescences and the location of inflorescences on the branches, they offer monochromatic and two-color variations of white, pink, purple, purple, lilac and red colors.
Indoor rhododendrons can be both compact, densely branching bushes, and larger standard plants. Strong, densely branching shoots are almost invisible under leathery, glossy, dark green leaves.
Lighting for rhododendrons: bright diffused or partial shade
Temperature during flowering: cool (the warmer it is in the room, the shorter the flowering period), optimal temperatures are 12-15 degrees, not higher than 18 degrees
The resting phase of rhododendrons: in the open air or in the garden in summer, in October the plant is kept cool, at a temperature of 5 to 10 degrees, until the flower buds appear.
Watering rhododendrons: acidified or soft water, abundant enough, but without waterlogging (some "accustomed" plants - by immersion in water like orchids).
Air humidity: high, can be maintained by spraying, but not allowing buds and flowers to get wet.
Top dressing of rhododendrons: with a special fertilizer for rhododendrons.
Pruning rhododendrons: blooming flowers are removed in a timely manner, young shoots are pinched off, blooming under the buds; the formation is carried out on long shoots to thicken after flowering.
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