THE LIFE CYCLE OF A RHODODENDRON

  • Date: 4th December 2016
  • author: Dr P. G. Valder

This very interesting article was published in 2 parts in The Rhodendron journals in 1971.  It gives a detailed explanation of the complete process of the life cycle of a flower with helpful information for hybridisers and seedling raisers.

"Many enthusiasts have carried a rhododendron through its complete life cycle from pollination, through seed setting, harvest, and germination, back to flowering. Since not everyone has a really clear idea of what has happened, let us start by taking a close look at the most complex of organs, the flower, the important parts of which are illustrated in Figure 1. "...