rhododendron problem

steffy009(5)May 1, 2006

My father-in-law has two large rhododendron. They are both dying. I noticed ring like marking's on their trunks. The branches seem to be drying up and dying. The leaves are all turning brown and falling off. I noticed some orange/rust colored spots on them. I just don't know how old the leaves are. Some of the plant looks healthy. Most of it is dying.

Any idea's?

Thanks,

Stephanie

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rhodyman(SE PA, USDA Z6)

One branch dying is indicative of borers or drought damage.

There are a number of leaf spots or burns caused by fungi such as Botryis, Pestalotia, Phyllosticta, Septoria and others. Many are secondary infections happening after mechanical damage or environmental stress, such as sunburn, drought, winter damage or windburn. They generally occur during wet weather and many times are self limiting with drier weather. Good sanitation is helpful, so remove brown and fallen leaves. Also provide good air circulation. Spraying with Benomyl or similar fungicide can be useful, but is frequently not necessary.

Here is a link that might be useful: How to grow azaleas

    Bookmark   May 1, 2006 at 8:27PM
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