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Rachel's Journal

Rachel's Journal

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Bud Freeze

27 March 2010 18:29:26
Rhodo Lady Alice Fitzwilliam

Rhodo Lady Alice Fitzwilliam

I have been waiting for my tender rhododendron to flower.

It is a Lady Alice Fitzwilliam and is supposed to have sumptuous scented blooms in early spring. I have never actually seen the flowers as I only bought the shrub last year but it has had buds for a long time. The idea was for it to scent my greenhouse before other shrubs had woken up.

In fact , I am lucky to have gotten Lady Alice through last winter. It is in a pot and was in the greenhouse and then was brought indoors with my other plants when temperatures plummeted below -8.5. But now Lady Alice is back in the greenhouse and I have been waiting for her to perform.

But all is not as it should be. I noticed new growth on the plant and still the buds would not opened. And now I have identified the problem - 'bud freeze'. The buds are brown and hard and will not open : (

But, on the positive side, I still have my plant and it should flower for me next year : )


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J.D. J.D. 27 March 2010 18:38:54

Thats it, Rachel. Gotta be positive. Ok you'll just have to wait until next year. But will be worth it.


fran m fran m 27 March 2010 18:49:34

Rachel, frost and snow to return to some parts next week, for a few days, so be careful where it is.


unagrant unagrant 27 March 2010 18:50:51

Thats a real shame.  I've never heard of bud freeze.  The plant looks really healthy.


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