Plant Care Catawba Rhododendron

Catawba Rhododendron

Also known as

Catawba rosebay, Catawba rhododendron, mountain rosebay, purple ivy, purple laurel, purple rhododendron, red laurel, rosebay and rosebay laurel


Rhododendron catawbiense

How to care for Catawba Rhododendron


How often to water your Catawba Rhododendron

Water needs for Catawba Rhododendron
0.5 cups
every 9

Catawba Rhododendron needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Catawba Rhododendron

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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Check the growing potential in your area

A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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Finding light for Catawba Rhododendron in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Catawba Rhododendron: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Catawba Rhododendron love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Catawba Rhododendron does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Catawba Rhododendron in your home 🏡.


How to fertilize Catawba Rhododendron

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Catawba Rhododendron: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Catawba Rhododendron after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

Catawba Rhododendron is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Native Region
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for Catawba Rhododendron

Catawba Rhododendron

Catawba Rhododendron

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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