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Re: Rhododendron question

My Mountain Laurel is blooming, but not as heavily as some
years.  Also the Rhodies.  I don't deadhead, which is supposed
to help annual blooms.  If not deadheaded, supposedly, they 
will have heavy blooms only on a two-year schedule. Mine are
large and mostly too high to reach, so I just don't bother.  I 
can't think the weather caused a total lack of blooms.  Must
have been some other factor.
In a message dated 06/07/2007 6:45:03 PM Eastern Standard Time, 
marolsh@verizon.net writes:

There are virtually no buds on the native 
Rhododendron maximum here, and I didn't see any blooming mountain 
laurel either. I've noticed that some years are much better than 
others, but the almost total absence of blooms is strange to me. Any 
ideas why they didn't set buds?

The local throngs of deer have taken to eating the rhodies, though 
they don't seem to relish them much. At around 30 inches above the 
ground, almost half of the leaves have been devoured, leaving the stems 

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