Anah Kruschke Rhododendron (Rhododendron ‘Anah Kruschke’)
Anah Kruschke Rhododendron
Vivid red-throated purple blooms! Consistently rated as one of the most durable selections, the compact broad-leaved evergreen, Anah Kruschke Rhododendron (Rhododendron ‘Anah Kruschke’) is a knock-out with long-lasting spicy magenta-red flowers opening from showy purple buds in spring!
If you love the gorgeous leaves and blooms of broad-leaved evergreen Rhododendrons but suffer through long, hot, sticky summers, take a look at this variety! Hardy throughout USDA growing zones 5 to 9, Anah Kruschke is easy-to-grow and can handle a wide variety of climates and conditions!
Every bee, butterfly, and Hummingbird will drop by for the spring buffet! Make sure you plant yours outside a frequently passed window to be able to enjoy the bright flowering display! Be sure to leave enough room for it to spread to its mature height of 5-6 feet and 3-4 foot width.
A single spring specimen lights up the landscape! Use this wonderful broad-leaved evergreen variety as part of a mixed foundation planting or backyard landscape plan. You won’t want to prune it and miss any of this fantastic floral show! For fantastic screening and privacy hedges, or pinpoint privacy in groupings, this Rhododendron will surround you in soothing peace and tranquility!
A year-round anchor and backdrop plant, Anah Kruschke softens the corners of a building or garden bed, or fills the corner of a fenceline with these pretty flowering ornamentals! You will truly appreciate the winter interest and your wildlife will love the year-round shelter from the elements. Add spring color to mixed shrub borders, or create a solid screen by planting 3 feet apart on center.
Get the best from this beautiful Rhododendron variety by selecting a well-drained site in a dappled light shade, but in cooler planting zones it can handle full sun. These are low maintenance, but they definitely need good draining soil. Preferring highly organic, enriched, and well-drained soil. Sandy loam is great, but clay? Not so much.
If needed, create a berm or raised bed 18 inches tall, and amend the soil in that bed with both pine fine compost and perlite pellets. Did you know you can improve the drainage of your soil by either creating a raised bed or by “mounding up”? You’ll also “mound up” when planting your Rhododendron, the planting hole should only be about 2/3 as deep as the soil level. Leave about two inches of the root ball sticking up above the new soil level, then cover the whole thing with a deep layer of acidic mulch (pine needles are great!).
Never let the mulch touch the stem of your plants, just heap it in a circle all around that stem. Rhododendrons are shallow-rooted, so keep them well mulched with acidic mulches like pine needles and pull any weeds that dare invade their space. Prune only immediately after flowering or you’ll miss out on those fantastic blooms next spring!
Trust us, if you love the look of Anah Kruschke Rhododendron, taking a few extra steps to secure her happiness in your landscape is well worth the time! This beautiful plant is so special.
|Anah Kruschke Rhododendron
|Rhododendron 'Anah Kruschke'
|5 - 6 ft.
|3 - 4 ft.
|Full Sun, Partial Shade
|Medium to Moist
|Purple, Rose & Red