Plant your Japanese azalea in the garden or planter upon receipt. Prior to planting make sure that the root ball has a good drenching - soak in a bucket of lukewarm water overnight.
If planting in a planter, check for drainage holes in the base and add a layer of hydro pellets or gravel. Add fresh potting compost and plant at the correct depth. Fill up with more compost, press firmly down and water generously.
If planting in the garden, dig a wide hole and loosen the soil with a fork. Plant your rhododendron at the correct depth (just below soil level). Fill the hole and heel well in and water immediately.
Japanese azalea thrives in acidic, humus rich soil. Improve your garden soil with some peat. Clay soil is not recommended for a rhododendron. Plant in sun or part shade.
Rhododendron 'Ballerina' - ShrubRhododendron molle subsp. japonicum 'Ballerina'
Colour in your garden with this adorable Japanese Azalea!
Fabulous shrub that produces trumpet-shaped flowers in early spring as the leaves are still developing, or even earlier. Lovely pastel shades. Grows best in moist soil and in partial or full shade. Height supplied 20-25 cm.Show more
Planting and flowering details
Show moreRhododendron molle japonicum is a strong shrub requiring little or no maintenance. Make sure that the root system does not dry out. Deadhead the faded flowers carefully so as not to damage the new bud underneath. If shoots become too long they can be pruned.
An old shrub can be rejuvenated by removing a few of the thicker branches. A good strong cut back will be tolerated by rhododendron but this will of course mean less flowers the first year following.
Show moreThe much loved rhododendron (azalea) is a strong shrub that retains its leaf over the winter. The brightly coloured flower clusters make an appearance at the beginning of May.
Planted in the garden the rhododendron molle japonicum can become a fairly large bush, however planted in a pot this shrub will remain compact. Looks lovely on its own or next to the likes of a Camelia.