Clusters of flowers are about 1″” long, light violet-purple, no markings. Large trusses of the showy flowers are a beautiful contrast to the leaves.
The bluish green foliage makes it an asset to the landscape all year around.
Ramapo is very effective when a smaller accent is needed. If you have a small garden with little room for a large rhododendron – this dwarf rhodo may be for you!
Rhododendrons are ornamental, acidic-soil loving broad-leaf evergreens. They grow best in full sun to partial shade.
Plant in a location protected from strong winter winds. Ramapo loves to be planted with pre-moistened peat moss.
Well drained soil is a must!
Use in mass, group or specimen for shrub borders, mixed borders, woodland gardens and shade gardens.
This dwarf is exceptional as a container-grown plant and bonsai. Ramapo also prefers cooler regions.
Winchester Gardens generally stocks this item.
Plant in spring or fall. Space plants 2 to 6 feet apart, depending on the expected mature size of the plant. Dig a hole only as deep as the root ball and 2 to 3 times as wide. If your soil is in very poor condition, amend the soil you’ve removed from the hole with a small amount of compost. Otherwise don’t amend it at all. Carefully remove the plant from the container and set it in the hole. Fill the hole half full with soil, then water it well to settle the soil and eliminate air pockets. Let the water drain, then fill the remainder of hole with soil and water thoroughly.
Apply a layer of compost under the shrub each spring, spreading it out to the dripline (the area under the outermost branches). Add a 2-inch layer of mulch to retain moisture and control weeds, keeping mulch a few inches away from the trunk. Water plants during the summer if rainfall is less than 1 inch per week. In regions with severe winters, protect evergreen rhododendrons in the fall by wrapping burlap around them. Prune to remove dead, damaged, or diseased branches anytime. Prune to reduce height after flowering in spring. Rhododendrons will grow back from old wood.