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Rhododendrons and Relatives: Could someone explain "broken out" to me.

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New York, NY

December 6, 2011
9:59 AM

Post #8918659

From the American Rhodo Society: Sometimes, as the plant starts to grow, only one growth bud at the end of a stem will begin to expand. If this single bud is broken out just as it starts to enlarge, it will cause two or more dormant buds at the end of the stem to expand, making a bushier plant. Again, this will not affect bud set for the coming year.

I'm not sure that I'm understanding this properly.
Hurst, TX
(Zone 7b)

December 8, 2011
4:58 PM

Post #8921968

It just means to break off the terminal bud in the spring as it is starting to expand thereby causing the buds behind it to grow.
New York, NY

December 28, 2011
1:46 PM

Post #8945577

Ah, thanks. That makes complete sense.

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