What is wrong with my rhodos? Photo Link

mayfirst(S Van Island)April 21, 2007


I have two beautiful rhodos blooming now (one is Unique and the other I forget) but both of them have ugly black spots on some, not all, of the flowers. They are established plants and I don't remember ever seeing this problem in the past. I've posted a link below to my two photos- and I think if you click on the photos they will enlarge.

Can anyone identify the problem and provide a solution? Thanks!


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morz8(Washington Coast Z8b)

Mayfirst, that looks like petal blight.

Caused by a fungus, the disease develops during periods of moist weather at flowering time. You'll want to practice good sanitation and remove any spent flowers, litter under your plants. Spraying buds with fungicide (Bayleton recommended) just as they begin to show color but before they open is a good means of control...since you've had petal blight in your garden this season, you might want to consider treating your rhododendrons early next year.

    Bookmark   April 22, 2007 at 11:56AM
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mayfirst(S Van Island)

Thank you very much. It sounds serious. Is it too late to do anything this year? I would hate to loose these beauties!

    Bookmark   April 23, 2007 at 11:52AM
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Hello, mayfirst. Sorry but, no amount of spraying will cure this year's infestation. However, after all of the flowers have dropped, practice the sanitation techniques that morz8 recommended. Then, next year, begin a fungicide application routine just as the buds begin to swell and show a little color. Spray up to bloom time.

Good luck,

    Bookmark   April 27, 2007 at 2:20AM
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