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Red Rhododendron Planting Mix

Helps your Red Rhododendron get established in a fraction of the time, become more drought tolerant, and grow faster. 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. 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 bag of Planting Mix for each plant ordered.

Soil Contents
-t- Root Rocket™ Fertilizer
Root Rocket™ Transplant Fertilizer

2oz. Packet

Get your new plants off to the right start by using Root Rocket™ 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 packet per plant

Root Rocket Fertilizer

Growing Zones: 4-8
(hardy down to -20℉)

Growing Zones 4-8
You are in Growing Zone: 6

Mature Height:

4 ft.

Mature Width:

4 ft.


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2-3 ft.

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Heat Tolerant Shrub with Giant Red Blooms

This extremely heat tolerant Rhododendron has huge red blooms in the spring.

This super heat tolerant Rhododendron can go where no rhododendron has ever gone before. This variety thrives in direct sunlight or partial shade.

Popular for their huge clusters of vibrant Red flowers (clusters of 8-10 flowers each), AND easy to grow!

These shrubs are adaptable to a variety of soil conditions and climates. They are even drought tolerant, meaning you don't have to worry about installing cumbersome soaker hoses.

No matter what kind of landscape you have, your new Rhododendrons will compliment it with its explosion of huge clusters of gigantic red flowers.

So many ways to use this versatile garden beauty -

- In gardens
- Near walkways
- Along your property border
- As a hedgerow
- In groupings to bring stunning color in the spring months.

You can grow them just about anywhere you want!

Your Fast Growing Trees rhododendron will be shipped in a large 1 Gallon or 3 Gallon containers, ensuring you receive an established and mature-sized plant. Many of our competitors only offer small sizes, which will take years to reach an appealing height.

You'll be excited about your new rhododendrons. Watch them quickly fill in voids with scarlet blooms and glossy foliage, not found in any other specimen.

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Great in Central Texas.....
I bought 3 Lavender and 3 Red Rhododendrons and plnted them in very large containers as soon as I got them, only because I wasn't positive where I'd plant them.
They were all about 12 inches tall and had really good strong leaves, and a few had buds on them.
Since planting in the planters in July, they have almost tripled in size and width. The leaves are very strong and there are buds everywhere!
The temps here in Copperas Cove in the summer were at
least 100-108 every single day, without rain. I watered every day as they sat on my porch and the heat was strong on the cement.
I used a mix of Top, Tree and Manure for dirt and also use a Fish Emulsion , and they are doing extremely well.
We'll see how they do over the winter!
I can't wait for Spring so I can see all the beautiful blooms!
November 11, 2014
Copperas Cove, TX
over 2 years ago
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My Red pride
I love my flowers. They sparkled. I have the most beautiful flowers in my front near my glass door. people drive by my house just to see them. They complete my flower garden bed.
July 27, 2015
Easton, PA
1 year ago
Growing Zone:
Red Rhodies
I have ordered many plants from various sites and this by far was perfect. items came super fast and were better than healthy!! Everything is doing great and I can't wait to see how they thrive in the future. THANKS!!!!!
May 11, 2016
Abingdon, VA
1 year ago
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wonderful looking
arrived in great condition and I'm now looking forward to see it next year. This hot spell of 90 degree weather has not phased it in the least Hardy
July 29, 2015
1 year ago
Growing Zone:
Red Rhododendron
The 2 red rhododendrons are doing great and growing.

Sandra Kay
July 24, 2015
Grantham, NH
1 year ago
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I'm waiting for fall to plant, but they arrived just as any other plant I have bought from Fast Growing Trees - in perfect condition and ready to bloom! Within a couple of weeks after arrival, I had three plants with big beautiful fuschia red blooms.
May 11, 2016
Olathe, KS
1 year ago
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What a beautiful plant, Why oh Why didn't I find this garden center earlier. So nice and big and so healthy not what like I got from some BIG NAME GARDEN CENTER. I wish you would sell more then just trees and shrubs but what you do you do it well.
May 11, 2016
Cleveland, OH
1 year ago
Growing Zone:
Excellent Plant & Value
I received my Nova Zembla Rhododendron today and I'm very pleased. The plant arrived "safe and sound" with no sign of shipment stress. The plant is now in the ground here in coastal Virginia, and looks great.
Thanks again for the great service.
March 28, 2016
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Growth Rate
When I received this- it looked like just the root ball was placed in a pot- no soil filled in around it. I kept the roots moist until I was ready to Plant. Some of the Leaves had brown spots- did not look too healthy- it did have a few buds on it. Only been planted for a couple weeks- I'm hoping it pulls through, and maybe see blooms next spring.
August 5, 2016
9 months ago
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Planting & Care

It's Easy to Plant & Care for Your Red Rhododendron

Step 1: Dig Your Hole

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

Planting & Care

Step 2: Place Your Plant

Next, separate the roots of your Red 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 Red Rhododendron again after the transplant is complete.

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I'm looking for a bright red Rhododendron to fill in between some purple lilacs. At a matrue height of 4 feet it should fill the space nicely and add contrast!
Chris S on Apr 20, 2017
want color. these are hardy enough for mid lower Michigan. replacing burning bushes that continue growing rogue.
Lowell M on Apr 16, 2017
I'm looking for a bright red Rhododendron to fill in between some purple lilacs. At a matrue height of 4 feet it should fill the space nicely and add contrast!
Chris S on Apr 20, 2017
Elizabeth j C on Apr 20, 2017
want color. these are hardy enough for mid lower Michigan. replacing burning bushes that continue growing rogue.
Lowell M on Apr 16, 2017
I grew up in Georgia and always admired the rhododendron when we visited the mountains, my mother had one in her yard and I want to see if I can grow one in Oklahoma.
Vivian C on Apr 13, 2017
Albert Keller J on Apr 12, 2017
red color and blooms
Ron W on Apr 11, 2017
I had luck with two I had ordered previously and they are absolutely beautiful when in bloom and I enjoy the green all year round.
Jill G on Mar 27, 2017
Looks beautiful
Cynthia W on Mar 13, 2017
Want to add color to the flower bed where I plan to put it plus because it is a evergreen plant that will stay green for the entire year.
Kenneth G on Feb 14, 2017
Impressed with the quality. Hope this comes true when we actually see the plant.
S K K on Aug 29, 2016
Loved the fact that these are very tolerable of full sun exposure. We've established a bed along the driveway that includes the soft touch holly and the autumn embers encore azalea that should offer a perennial green exposure with bright colored flowers through 6-8 months of the year.
Jack B on Aug 22, 2016
I have several Rhododendrons in my back yard and wanted the red one, since I do not have that color.
Dave L on Jul 23, 2016
I bought this purple Rhododendron to complement the red, will be planting on the boundary line of our property. Love Fast growing trees, their plants are of such high quality.
Shiralee B on Jun 24, 2016
Survived the winter and coming back strong.
psjh1 on Apr 21, 2016
Was looking for a striking colored bush for the side of our house and this one fit the bill.
Carolyn S on Apr 5, 2016
Good early spring pollinator for our bee's. Also very pretty and grows well everywhere around us.
Adam C on Apr 2, 2016
Mother likes
Calvin C on Mar 20, 2016
I need bushes that can take the sun and drought and color.
DIANA T on Mar 17, 2016
We had this at the alter in our daughter and son-in-laws wedding. I would like one for us.
Becky H on Feb 15, 2016
Billy C on Oct 15, 2015
To replace a red one that died out.
Jacqueline C on Sep 27, 2015
Grows in sun.
Replacing one that died.
LAURENCE S on Sep 26, 2015
For its vibrant color and hardiness
Urvashi B on Sep 22, 2015
I have clay soil living in Oklahoma. The height and width is also why I ordered this plant.
James D on Sep 2, 2015
Elizabeth j C on Apr 20, 2017
I grew up in Georgia and always admired the rhododendron when we visited the mountains, my mother had one in her yard and I want to see if I can grow one in Oklahoma.
Vivian C on Apr 13, 2017
I have two rhodies, they appeared to be dead this spring. One came out of it early and the other was much slower. Should I have cut them back last fall or early this spring? Also, they have tons of the "berries" leftovers from flowers - should they have been cut off?
Sandra R on Jun 9, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Prune your Rhododendron in mid winter/early spring. Trim the branches, and behind the blooms. Make the cuts at 45 degree angles facing upward to promote new growth.
will this red rhododendron bush grow in full shade?
keisha b on Jun 11, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Pretty much all Rhododendrons like full sun to dappled shade. In full, dense shade, they tend to get leggy and produce few blooms.
I love this plant, but I live in Parkland, Florida. In Broward county. Can I still grow them?
Sandra R on Jul 17, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Unfortunately Parkland Florida gets a little too hot for the Red Rhododendron.
is there any variety of Rhododendrons that will grow in the Delta Area of northern California?
Donna B on Jul 12, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Rhododendrons are very sensitive and can't get too hot or too cold. Azaleas are much tougher and would do better in your area.
Will this red rhododendron bush grow under big pine trees?
and I live in North Wilmington, Delaware. Can I still grow them?
JJANDELE on Oct 1, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes you can plant them under pines.
The growing zones are 4-8. Click the link to look up what growing zone you are in.
Can they grow in an area with all shade? If not, can you suggest a flowering shrub that will do best in an all shade location in Southern CA?
Gina E on Jul 8, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Southern California is prpbably not a good place to grow Rhododendron. You might look at an Abutilon, a Coprosma, or a Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (Brunfelsia) plant, all of which grow and bloom in the shade.
Does anybody else's rhododendrons from here bloom early June? Mine are just now opening flowers and I thought they would bloom in May, no big deal, they look healthy still.
Sherry O on Jun 8, 2016

Mine just opened up last week and they are doing well. Barbara from Long Island, NY
Is Jacksonville FL too hot?
FL gal on May 10, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I have mines surrounded by other bushes. They do enjoy a lot of water. If you can find some protection from the direct sun it will do just fine. It is a show of flowers you do not want to miss.
is this plant evergreen?
paul G on Jul 28, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Yes they are evergreen. Jist make sure you are in the right zone for the type you are buying
Is this Rhododendron deer resistant?
Kathi on Sep 26, 2014
BEST ANSWER: While Rhododendron is not at the top of the list for Deer's Favorite Treats, we all know that a hungry deer will eat most anything. So, the bottom line is that Rhododendron is deer resistant, but not deer proof.
Can it grow during winter?
A shopper on Jun 30, 2014
BEST ANSWER: I bought the plant when it was pretty small in June. It may have produce one or two flowers - I probably should have fed it and watered it more. Colorado had a colder winter than normal, and I thought the rhododendron was a goner, but it survived. It is still small and I'm waiting to see if it produces more flowers this summer or fall. I plan to protect it this winter. Hope this response is helpful.
If you have over watered these plants can they be saved? If so how?
Brian M on Jun 9, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Do you have it potted or in the ground? Sometimes they can be salvaged by potting, if it is a young plant chances are you are out of luck. Pick up holly tone to fertilize it follow the directions. They like moist soil but the roots will rot and kill the plant if the soil is muddy.
Lovely tree. Will it grow in El Paso, TX?
Edgar H on Mar 27, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The plant survives well on hot days. Please place it where it can get shades from other plants. I have left her alone in winter but I do water in the Summer.
What is the difference between Azalea and a Rhododendron?
CAROLYN H on Oct 20, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The main difference is that Azalea's have only 5 stamens per lobe, whereas Rhododendrons have 10 per lobe.
I live in southern cali. but I am right by the beach and our weather rarely gets over 85 and not much lower than 45 to 50 degrees . how will the rhododendron look here?
caryn b on Sep 20, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The growing zones are 4-8. Click the link to look up what growing zone you are in.
will the bush do okay in rapidcity south Dakota?
PAMMY on Jun 12, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The growing zones are 4-8. Click the link to look up what growing zone you are in.
When's a good time to trim?
david f on Jun 5, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I would prune them in the fall.
Will it grow in south texas?
Dinorah V on Jan 16, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The growing zones are 4-8. Click the link to look up what growing zone you are in.
How tall does this plant grow?
Glenn B on Sep 20, 2015
BEST ANSWER: At maturity this shrub will reach a height of 4 ft.
My son has a red rhododendron and I want to take a slip from it and root it, then plant it. Can this be done?
Elsie N on Jun 12, 2015
BEST ANSWER: With the proper care, and as long as the roots aren't damaged it should do fine.
Do you think this plant would do well in Central Texas? There are many months that we go without rain during the summer.
A shopper on Sep 26, 2014
BEST ANSWER: I have a question. I am buying a home in the north Georgia mountains and the rhododendrons are just now blooming. I have three of them and they will need pruning after blooming because they have gotten too high. Will it be ok to prune them after blooming or do I have to wait until next winter or early spring?

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