A rare rhododendron from Mount Fanjing in Guizhou Province, China. Bell shaped smallish flowers (3cm long x 4cm wide) start as deep rose then fade to a bold mauve with a dark purple-red blotch at the base within the flower. Leathery (6cm long x 3cmm wide) leaves are dark green on top and yellow-green below are oblong-elliptic shaped with a bit of a drip tip.
- Seed Count: 25-30
- Collection Date: Dec 2020
- Hardiness Zone: 7-10
- Height and Width: 6m x 6m
- Family: Ericaceae
How to germinate Rhododendron oligocarpum seeds:
Rub peat moss through a 4mm screen to create fine lump free milled peat moss. Add 20/30 filter sand (10% content max) and greensand at 1 tbsp/gallon of medium). Moisten, blend well and fill pots/flats/WHT, tamp firm. Sprinkle seeds thinly on medium surface. Mist well. Give gentle warmth (20-25C). Lightly mist daily. Provide strong indirect light. Clear plastic cover helps 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