Beautiful scented flowers are welcome in any garden but more so from a Rhododendron as it is so uncommon. Rhododendron fortunei and their hybrids are hard to surpass for fragrance. Pale pink trumpet shaped blooms open from dark pink buds in sequence so you can enjoy its sweet scent over an extended bloom that lasts for weeks. Lovely leaves. Sinuous branching. Mature plants reach 4 meters tall with an equal spread. Park your garden bench nearby in May. Funny thing about it scent is that if you’re a smoker, you can’t smell the sweetly fragrant blooms.
- Seed Count: 25-30
- Collection Date: Jan 2016
- Hardiness Zone: 6-9
- Height and Width: 4m x 4m
- Germination test type: hand sort
- Family: Ericaceae
How to germinate Rhododendron fortunei seeds:
Rub peat moss through a 4mm screen to create fine milled peat moss. Add some 20/30 filter sand (10% content max) and some greensand (1 tbsp/gallon of medium). Moisten, blend well and fill pots/flats/WHY and tamp firm. Sprinkle seeds thinly on medium surface and mist well. Give gentle warmth (20-25C). Lightly mist daily. Provide strong indirect light. Clear plastic cover will help maintain humidity and enhance germination/seedling survival by not letting medium desiccate. Seeds should germinate in 10 days. Never let seedlings nor medium dry out nor over water. Prick out when large enough to handle into individual pots and grow on. Shallow rooted. Be warned seedlings have very fine hair like roots and can damage easily. Have pots ready to receive when transplanting to avoid roots from drying out.