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These beautiful evergreen rhododendrons produce a profusion of purple blooms in springtime. They're easy to grow, and reward you every year with tons of color.

Lavender Rhododendron

Huge Lavender Blooms Delight Each and Every Spring- Easy to grow!

Size: 3 Gallon

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Planting Mix
Planting Mix

Helps your Lavender Rhododendron get established in a fraction of the time, become more drought tolerant, and grow faster. Specially developed for plants that need a low pH. Here's how:

Beneficial Bacteria... It's like a Probiotic for your tree... creating an explosion of fine hair roots that vastly improves nutrient and water uptake.

Course Organic Compost... loosens and improves all types of soils while promoting proper pH levels for acid loving plants. You get better drainage and moisture retention.

Microbial Fertilizers... including Sea Kelp, Yucca, and 100 other elements proven to gently feed your tree without burning the roots.

Use 1-2 bags of Planting Mix for each plant ordered.

Soil Contents
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Transplant Fertilizer
DIEHARD™ Transplant - 2oz. Packet

Get your new plants off to the right start by using DIEHARD™ Transplant.

This soil amendment contains 16 strains of mycorrhizal fungi, biostimulants, beneficial bacteria and Horta-Sorb® water management gel.

Simply sprinkle the product into the planting hole adjacent to the root ball when planting.

The organisms will start to work right away supplying the roots with much needed nutrition.

The specially formulated Horta-Sorb® will reduce transplant stress and aid in water retention.

1 oz. Per Gallon Size Container
1 oz. Per Ft. High Bare Root Plant

DIEHARD Transplant
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Rhododendrons are famous for their huge clusters of vibrant lavender flowers (clusters of 8-10 flowers each), but most people don't know how easy they are to grow -

• Drought tolerant – no watering worries during summer dry spells. 
• Adaptable to a variety of soil conditions and climates, 
• Excellent in gardens, by walkways, foundation plantings, or along your property border. 

You are sure to find a place for this plant. The National Arbor Day Foundation calls it “One of America’s most beautiful plants.” 

Your new Rhododendrons will compliment any landscape design with its explosion of purple flowers against a backdrop of glossy, leather-like foliage. Consider using this versatile shrub as a hedgerow plant... 

its round growth habit makes it ideal to plant in groupings with the promise of stunning color in the spring months. A customer favorite, we suggest you add them to your collection quickly… because these shrubs will sell out. 

Our Lavender Rhododendrons are shipped in large 1 and 3 gallon containers, ensuring you receive an established and mature sized plant. Many of our competitors only offer smaller sizes, which will take years to reach an appealing height. 

Order now for an exceptional Rhododendron that will quickly fill out and give you the burst of spring color you desire.

Growing Zones: 3-8

Mature Height: 4-8 ft.
Mature Width: 4-8 ft.
Sunlight: Full - Partial
Soil Conditions: Very Adaptable
Drought Tolerance: Good
Botanical Name: Rhododendron
Does not ship to: AZ
Growing Zones 3-8
This plant is recommended for zones: 3-8
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It's Easy to Plant your Lavender Rhododendron

Specific Directions for Lavender Rhododendron
Plant your Lavender Rhododendron in an area that receives full to partial sunlight. For a hedge plant your Lavender Rhododendrons about three feet apart.

Lavender Rhododendrons prefer acidic soil, but will adapt to your soil even if it's sandy or heavy in clay as long as it's well draining. Give your Lavender Rhododendron a deep watering once your soil feels dry to the touch down about two inches.

You'll know that spring has arrived when beautiful purple flowers emerge on your Lavender Rhododendron. After your flowers have bloomed fertilize your Lavender Rhododendron with an acidic fertilizer for an acid loving shrub.

Step 1 - Dig Your Hole

Select a site with full to partial sun and moist or well drained soil for your Lavender Rhododendron.

First, dig each hole so that it is just shallower than the root ball and at least twice the width.

Then loosen the soil in the planting hole so the roots can easily break through.

Use your shovel or try dragging the points of a pitch fork along the sides and bottom of the hole.

Step 2 - Place Your Plant

Next, separate the roots of your Lavender Rhododendron gently with your fingers and position them downward in the hole.

The top of the root flare, where the roots end and the trunk begins, should be about an inch above the surrounding soil.

Then make sure the plant is exactly vertical in the hole.

To make it just right, use a level.

Step 3 - Backfill Your Hole

As you backfill the hole, apply water to remove air pockets.

Remove debris like stones and grass and completely break up any dirt clumps.

Water your Lavender Rhododendron again after the transplant is complete.

To help retain some of that moisture, it's recommended that you place mulch around each plant to a depth of 2"-3" up to but not touching the trunk. Organic mulches such as wood chips also help to better soil structure as they decompose.

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I got the Lavender and Red Rhododendron to plant in my backyard next to a patio/pergola we are building. The plants were carefully shipped and arrived in great condition.
I've re-potted into new pots until I figure out where it's going...but it is doing great!
It's a very healthy plant. It's been re-potted for almost 2 weeks and the leaves are dense and thick. There's even little tiny buds coming out now - so I am thrilled! I've never had one of these before, so I can't wait to see the flowers!
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September 11, 2014
Copperas Cove, TX, US
11 months ago
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I purchased this Rhododendron this spring. I had to put a screen around the plant to keep the rabbits from having a feast. I would rather not keep this screen here forever, it looks kind of tacky. Maybe when it grows taller they might leave it alone. Something to consider
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December 31, 2012
1 year ago
Growth Rate
Is it Spring yet?
The plant is very healthy and sprouted new growth within a week. I highly recommend it to anyone! I cannot wait for it to bloom in the Spring...it will be stunning!
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November 25, 2014
Farmington Hills, MI, US
11 months ago
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Really nice plant
When these Rhododendron arrived, 3 of them they all had great new growth. Thus far they are doing great and I am hopeful they will make it through a colorado winter.
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July 27, 2015
1 month ago
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It seems to be doing very well. Planted in almost full shade and no sign of stress
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July 28, 2015
Caliente, NV, US
2 months ago
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No blooms yet
The plant looks healthy but will be anxious to see flowers!
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July 28, 2015
1 month ago
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It didnt make it.
Despite great rains this year, this is the only plant that died less than three weeks after I got it. I bought a lot from this nursery, and I thought the packing was great, but this one did not make it. Sort of sad
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July 29, 2015
2 months ago
All but 1 are dying
I ordered 8 (6 smal and 2 large). 3 of the 6 small ones were almost dead on arrival. The two larger ones are struggling. In fact, there's only one plant that's doing well :-(
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July 29, 2015
1 month ago
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Not for middle Georgia
Despite my best efforts and prepreparation of the site my rhododendron did not survive the intense Georgia heat of summer. I had been warned earlier by a local plant store where we usually buy our plants that nobody he knew of in the area had had much luck with them here.... I stubbornly found out the hard way and will probably in the future stick to the advice of local professionals. Sometimes watering, attention, and wanting something to thrive just ain't enough.
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September 19, 2014
1 year ago
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How long will it take a 1 gallon Rhodo plant to reach its mature heighT?
A shopper on Jun 1, 2014
Best Answer: Rhododendron grow most rapidly when young, and the Lavender Rhododendron should take about 8 to 10 years to each 6-8 feet tall. They are very long-lived, and grow quite slowly as they get older, so they can reach 12-15 feet tall, but it will take many years.
Reply · Report · KarenStaff on Jul 8, 2015
Can you please tell me how long it will take this plant to reach it's full height if I buy the 3 gallon size?
Ronny M on Mar 13, 2015
Best Answer: The larger 3 gallon size will save you a year or two in waiting for your Rhododendron to approach its mature size, so it can be 6 to 8 years before your Rhododendron is 6-8 feet tall. It lives a very long time, and keeps growing at a very slow pace after attaining 6 to 8 feet, so after a few decades, it can be 12 feet or more.
Reply · Report · KarenStaff on Jul 8, 2015
Cutting to the stump will it grow back?
mike p on Apr 28, 2015
Best Answer: If your plant is healthy, you can do a 'rejuvenation pruning', cutting it back to somewhere between 6 and 20 inches, depending on the branch structure. Many horticulturists recommend cutting the branches back to different heights ( some 6", some 12" and some 20") to create a multi-tiered mass of leaves. Pruning is best done in early spring, which will give the plant the whole growing season to develop new growth before winter.
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when can you prune these plants?
Francette S on Apr 20, 2015
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Does this rhodo grow in full sun? Afternoon sun seems to be a problem for some
A shopper on May 30, 2014
Best Answer: I did not have good success with this plant at all. it hasn't produced one bloom in two years since i got it. It was first planted in a spot shielded from harsh winds and with only afternoon south side sun. Since it didnt do anything (no growth, no flowers) moved what remained of it to a different spot (still shielded from harsh winds and with exposure to morning east sun and very little afternoon south side sun). since the change, it seem to have survived this past winter and showing some signs of life...
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Do they stay green year around?
Janet S on Apr 13, 2015
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What is the mature height?
Pat B on Apr 27, 2015
Best Answer: From 4 to 8 feet in 10 years, depending on growing conditions. However, it will keep on growing, though slowly, and in time, can get as high as 12-15 feet. Keep in mind that Rhodies are long-lived, so this should not be an issue for the first couple of decaeds.
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when is a good time to prune a rhodadendran bush, and how do you do it?
sheila c on Jun 13, 2015
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does the lavender rhodo have a fragrance?
A shopper on Jun 22, 2014
Best Answer: Most Rhododendron have no fragrance, and those that do tend to be white-flowered. So I am afraid the answer to your question is, No, this Rhododendron is not fragrant.
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How do you replant a cutting from an existing Rhododendron bush?
Judy S on May 20, 2015
Best Answer: Hi. I lived in WA State for many years and took a cutting class where I asked the same question. I was told that Rhododendron plants won't propagate from cuttings (I had tried several times, but with no luck). I was told you could score or bend a living branch, then wrap it in cheese cloth and keep it moist until roots developed (about a half inch), then the branch could be cut and rooted.
Another way was to take a longer, lower branch, score it and bend it such that you could bury the scored part (still attached to the base plant) using a landscaping staple. After a season, the branch could be cut and re-planted in another spot.
I never tried either way as it seemed to take too long. I'd check the internet for these methods, as I am going from memory only. Mark O
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My plants didn't bloom?
A shopper on Jul 19, 2014
Best Answer: Many factors could go into this. Sometimes deer will eat the buds. Sometimes a plant can take about a year to get established to it's new environment before it fruits or blooms. Young plants often need fertilizer that has phosphorous in to help it bloom.
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Jul 21, 2014
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We live in Huntsville Tx will this plant grow here?
Cathey S on Jul 6, 2014
Best Answer: Huntsville is really close to being outside of the recommended zone for this plant. If you live in zone 9 I would recommend getting a different plant.

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Can I grow this plant in a planter? What is a good size to start with?
Korkie on Apr 28, 2015
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Dose this plant come back in michigan cold weather?
Ibella G on May 31, 2015
Best Answer: Mine did not die, but it has not yet flowered and we are in our second summer with it. We live in Colorado so the winters are cold--but not like Michigan! I am going to feed it this summer and see if I can't get it to grow and flower.
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my 12 year old rhododentron did not bloom for two summers. Any idea why? HELP
Betty B on Jun 30, 2015
Best Answer: Over-pruning, under-watering, or getting frost bite once the leaves have started to bud out can all affect blooms.
Reply · Report · Zach T on Jun 30, 2015
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Is this lavender rhododendron the PJM variety?
Shirley R on Jun 21, 2015
Best Answer: I have no idea
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How large is a 3 gallon plant?
A shopper on Jul 20, 2014
Best Answer: The 3 gallon size is around a foot tall.
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Jul 22, 2014
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May I plant the Rhododendron in the heat, today 106, all summer hot, winter freezing? Or should I wait for fall?
Christine F on Jul 14, 2014
Best Answer: It's best to plant in the early Spring or late Fall. If temperatures are below the 90's then it's okay to go ahead and plant, but 106 could burn your Rhododendron!
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Jul 16, 2014
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can purple rhododendron grow in ocala fl ?
carmen j on Jul 10, 2014
Best Answer: Unfortunately Ocala FL gets a little too hot for the Lavender Rhododendron.
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Will a rhododendron grow near a black walnut tree?
Bennita R on Jul 9, 2014
Best Answer: Mine did not grow at all . So I don't have an answer to your question. I live in Colorado and planted it according to directions. Good luck
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where are the Rodo maximum raised?
Stephen K on Jun 12, 2015
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How much planting mix would be required for 3 shrubs 1 gallon size?
Carole D on May 31, 2015
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