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Post Rhododendron Sinogrande
Not sure if anyone's growing this Rhodo, but I think it would look great in an exotic garden.

Here's a pic of mine. It's only 11" tall, but the leaves are already each 20 1/2" long from the stem. Quite incredible. Foot for scale.
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Tue Jul 07, 2015 3:55 pm
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very nice. there are a number of "tree" rhododendrons with large impressive "magnolia like" leaves (macabeianum, rex, grande, falconeri, montroseanum, basilicum, calophytum, etc.) and often impressive flowers, too----IMHO great associates with schefflera and fatsia and similar plants in a "subtropical"/exotic lush look garden---sheltered from excessive sun, wind, and drought (most being "rainforest" type plants).

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Tue Jul 07, 2015 4:23 pm
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I so agree with the Schefflera Fatsia association. Mines not got the biggest leaves but is starting to settle in now. You reminded me to go outside and check on Falconeri which I often forget I have as it's hidden in between plants. That's just opening now. Everything in my garden seems so far behind everyone elses due to the shade methinks
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Sinofalconeri has really lovely foliage and beautiful buds. I often regret not having this when I had the chance a few years ago. What's life without regrets :roll:

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Tue Jul 07, 2015 4:52 pm
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I bought one to replace one lost in 2010. Mine is only about 18 inches tall but had two flower trusses on it this year. They really are lovely and I have seen large specimens of this in Cornwall - the leaves are magnificent but when the flowers are out the whole thing is simply spectacular. I too have falconeri which has flowered for the last couple of years. I think those yellow and cream rhodies are stunning but whenever I go to Bodnant, I fall in love with so many others. I just don't have the 80 or so acres to accommodate them.
I must learn how to put photos onto the computer so that I can show some of the plants which have done well for me but the last time I tried, Mr Matzdorf had to mess with them as they were too large to view. I don't want to risk his wrath by doing it again! posting.php?mode=reply&f=2&t=9512#


Tue Jul 07, 2015 5:38 pm
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See, I can't even get a smiley on the damn thing!!!!


Tue Jul 07, 2015 5:40 pm
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please risk his wrath. I've not seen him go green in ages :mrgreen: Even I can't press his buttons anymore :( not even my poor grammar vexes him. I hate immunity sometimes :(

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Tue Jul 07, 2015 5:46 pm
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Tue Jul 07, 2015 6:13 pm
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Martinnicklin wrote:
I must learn how to put photos onto the computer so that I can show some of the plants which have done well for me but the last time I tried, Mr Matzdorf had to mess with them as they were too large to view.


There has to be a function for the site admins, you know. Something to keep them busy. So post away. Ideally resize images first...

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Tue Jul 07, 2015 11:12 pm
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A shame, that this one has never been crossed with Rh. rex, or if so, these are never available. :roll:


Thu Jul 09, 2015 7:49 am
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One of my favourite Rhodos but be warned, you'll need plenty of room as it's huge when fully grown. Check out Tregrehan's for the eventual size.

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Im loving this - any suppliers for it?

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Thu Jul 09, 2015 1:16 pm
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I got mine from Hardy Exotics in Penzance. They do mail order I think.


Thu Jul 09, 2015 6:16 pm
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Having had this for several years growing in a pot, it is now planted out along with some other foliage interest Rhododendrons in a raised bed of ericaceous compost (those who remember will know my garden is over solid chalk). I think this might be just a short term prospect for the plants are growing fast and I don't think I will be able to keep up with their water requirements; rainfall here is woefully short

(purchased from Millais Nurseries online who specialise in Rhododendron)

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Fri Jul 10, 2015 8:15 am
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you can't just say that and disappear into the shadows again Grenville. At the very least lets see the rhody bed and the other rhodies

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Post Re: Rhododendron Sinogrande
Got one via mail order from Cally Gardens earlier this year and very pleased with it. A great deal at £7.50 too!

http://www.callygardens.co.uk/


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