Like some hydrangeas, some rhododendrons and azaleas bloom in the Fall when the temperatures go down. The best known example of this is the Encore Series of Azaleas but there are others which do this on/off depending on the weather and other issues. Meaning the plant may skip a year or two before doing this again (if it is not a variety known for this trait). For this type of plant that sometimes reblooms, the blooms come at the expense of less blooms in Spring.
thanks Luis ... I'll watch it in the Spring to see if there are less blooms... but from what i can see with these 2 bushes, is the buds form now ... so - obviously, where these blooms currently are, there shouldnt be flowers in April.
We have had some goofy weather... a real cold/cool snap - down to lower 30's from what my kids said [i wasn't home] then back to the upper 70's and now coolish again.
Yes, weird indeed. I get blooms in Fall from the one Encore that I have but the others rarely do that now. A pair of unnamed hydrangeas in the front of the house will open one or two new blooms in the Fall too, but not reliably so. Every other year or less. Those hydrangeas bloom on old wood, like the azaleas, so the weather must be just right to produce these late blooms.
It's pretty unpredictable in rhody's. Some are known to do it more than others, but it generally not something to bank on (and this is not speaking of tropical type rhody's which some do bloom late). It does tend to happen more often when the weather fluctuates in the summer with hot and cold spells. PJM and it's relatives, as said above, do have a few fall flowers occasionally. Azaleas are more predictable about it, especially the Encore group. We had an unseasonably cool week at the end of July and then it when back up to 90. There's quite a few rhody's that have opened some blooms now.
One of my rhodys sometimes (two of the three falls we've been in our house) has a set of smaller blooms in the fall. It's blooming now, in fact. It has consistently bloomed in the spring, producing much larger blossoms and lots more of them. The fall blooms (or lack thereof) have never seemed to affect the spring bloom.
hey yah red! i have gotten a few rove blooms on some of my dwarf rhodies too. jsut the purple ones. i chalk it up to weird weather... we had a streak of warm days that put everything into a tizzy and they didnt know what to do. now we get this freeze and im praying that it wont damage the blooms for next year.