I had moved the Patty Bee rhododendron out of my sunny garden into a shaded area under some large pine trees, also hoping the soil under there with all the pine needles that fall would be acidic enough to help this little rhody along. My original post about the browning of its leaves and wondering if the small shrub was dead is here. I decided just to move it and hope for the best. I noticed over the weekend that Patty Bee was starting to open its yellow buds. Before I moved the shrub there were no signs of any buds wanting to open, they had all looked dried up and as though none would be opening up this year. So, I am pleasantly surprised by the yellow flower buds that have appeared. I am so glad I didn’t just toss the plant.
I’m unsure what I should do after blooming. If I should prune the shrub right down to get rid of all the brown, crispy leaves and have the shrub grow back, hoping it will have nice healthy, green leaves, or if I should just cut a few of the more dead looking stems. The brown leaves fall off with the slightest touch. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.