Free Rhododendron Simsii Plants

acalypha hispida plant
Although the correct botanical name of this plant is Rhododendron simsii, it is still usually sold as Azalea indica. If properly cared for, the plant can give many years of great pleasure. Having flowered, it may be placed outside in the garden from late spring to late summer or early autumn, provided the chance of frosts has passed. During this time it should continue to be watered and fed and at no time neglected, especially during the height ofthe summer, when it could easily dry out. If the plant needs repotting, then this should also be carried out during this time, preferably early on to enable the plant to establish its roots in the fresh compost before flowering. Bring the Rhododendron back indoors at the beginning of autumn. With sufficient light, moisture and warmth, it will flower again during the winter to spring period.

Plant type : Flowering plant with compact habit
Season of interest : Winter to spring
Size : 15-30cm (6—12in)
Flower : Single or double, 4-5cm (1|—2in), white, pink, red or bi-coloured
Leaf : Oval, 2.5cm (1 in), dark green
Temperature : 10 -18°C (50-64°F)
Aspect/Light : Well lit situation out of direct sunlight
Humidity : High
Watering : Evenly moisten compost throughout year
Feeding : Once every two to three weeks with flowering plant fertilizer in spring and summer
Propagation : Plant 5-7cm (2 —3in) tip cuttings in seed and cutting compost or low-lime compost at 20-21 °C (68-70°F) in late spring to early summer
Potting : Low-lime or ericaceous compost
Problems : Aphid, dehydration if under-watered or over-heated in dry atmosphere
Availability : Widely available mid winter to early spring
Uses indoors : Relatively cool, well-lit position; good plant for windowsill with some shade; excellent for bedrooms