Warms up quickly, dries out easily and provides most unfavourable conditions for rhododendrons.
|Characteristics||Indicator plants||Soil improvement|
| loose structure |
high degree of water permeability
high pH factor (over 8)
|chicory (Cichorium intybus) |
meadow clary (Salvia pratensis)
wall germander (Teucrium chamaedrys)
forking larkspur (Consolida regalis )
|hardly possible for rhododendrons. Exchange of soil recommended or build a raised bed.|
Totally unfavourable conditions
If soil conditions are extremely unfavourable for rhododendrons, simply improving the structure the soil will not be sufficient. This is particularly the case:
If you have these conditions and still wish to grow rhododendrons, there are three possible methods:
In all three cases you will require large quantities of suitable soil. You can mix suitable soil for rhododendrons yourself or buy it in the gardening trade.