On the mend – Rhododendron caucasicum

I spent the last week coughing out my lungs while entranced in computer/website related problems – an awful combination ;(
Today, I found the first tiny seedlings of Rhododendron caucasicum waiting for me under the lights – it was a very cheering image!!!
It feels like things are on the mend…

Rhododendron caucasicum first seedlings

Germination: at warm/room temperature (sowing in Jan.18th – first germinated seeds spotted Feb.4th); superficial sowing.

Rhododendron caucasicum (Georgian snow rose) is a most beautiful, evergreen rhododendron, with white or pinkish large flowers; it is found in alpine habitats, of the Caucasus of course. Besides being a beautiful plant, it also has, allegedly, medicinal properties (like other Rhoddendron spp.).

Rhododendron caucasicum in wild habitat (Dombay, Karachay-Cherkessia)

Google link to see flowers images and more – Rhododendron caucasicum.



10 replies
    • diversifolius
      diversifolius says:

      Vermiculite particles; because of the close-up photo they seem bigger than in reality. It’s what I use instead of grit (most often).

  1. mrsdaffodil
    mrsdaffodil says:

    Oooh, that does sound like a bad combination! We’ve got snow here, though not very much, and the hospitals are chock-a-block full of flu sufferers and broken hips. It’s lovely to see your little seedlings – a sight that never grows old.

    • diversifolius
      diversifolius says:

      It also doesn’t sounds like a very good combination for Victoria. Good hope that we are advancing towards the spring!

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