Is my rhododendron finished

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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Greenfingered MoneySaving
As per the title. My partner has had this for about two years and has been fine in all weathers and the garden is relatively sheltered and gets lots of sun (all day from about 10:00 to sunset)

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Is there anything I can do or is fit for the scrap heap. When we planted it we used ericaceous compost and have fed it as per the instructions on the feed bottle.

Any help would be appreciated.
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  • elsienelsien Forumite
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    What's the drainage like in that pot? Looks like it might have drowned.
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    elsien wrote: »
    What's the drainage like in that pot? Looks like it might have drowned.

    The drainage is good, there was a good two inch of pebbles before the compost was put in.

    We just never have luck with rhododendrons but after a couple of years we were hoping this one would be a lasting addition.
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    Try vine weevils.
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    https://www.glendoick.com/Rhododendron-Problems some of your leaves look notched.
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    a77f5f448a9f194ee42c551d1e10956c.jpgPhytophthora cinnamoni is a root disease which is usually fatal and often kills a plant extremely quickly. The symptoms are (usually) a sudden collapse during the growing season, usually of the whole plant or several plants in one area of the garden. Check the roots and cut into the stem of the plant. The disease is characterised by the roots turning a deep brown colour (rather than white as healthy growing roots should be). If you scrape away the bark at ground level, you will find the cambium layer below the bark has been stained a dark reddish-brown colour. The disease is caused by inadequate drainage and warm or hot soil temperatures. The combination of these is very often fatal to rhododendrons. It is most common in areas with hot summers but can occur anywhere if poor drainage is allowed to occur. Phythopthora cinnamomii is most active at a soil temperature of 29-22C (68-72F). Plants in containers are particularly susceptible, especially if watered overhead with sprinklers.
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    I suspect it doesn't like having its roots in a pot where the soil gets too hot. Try either planting it out in the garden or moving the pot to a shadier site.
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    I'd get that out the pot and into the ground just to make sure, but i suspect Alfred, (post #6 is right).

    Good luck.
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    mollycat wrote: »
    I'd get that out the pot and into the ground just to make sure, but i suspect Alfred, (post #6 is right).

    Good luck.

    It looks like Alfred was indeed right. I had a look at the roots fearing the worst and they were virtually non existent and what root was there was brown all the way through.

    Where it was located is a right sun trap so I don't think that has helped.
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