pouhkanense problems

melissam(z7 eastTN)September 6, 2008


I have many pouk. azaleas planted in my yard. The ones in full sun do best, the ones in partial shade are not as full. They all did well this spring, regardless, BUT, now their leaves look kind of bronzey and faded, and they have tiny black spots on the undersides of the leaves. I'm not sure what this is or how to treat them, and I definitely want to take care of them before it gets cold. Can anyone help with this? I appreciate it!


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morz8(Washington Coast Z8b)

Mottled upper surface and dark varnish-like spots underneath usually means azalea lace bug, but can also be evidence of thrips. Can you post a photo or do search for photos to compare for yourself to determine which may be your problem?

    Bookmark   September 7, 2008 at 10:54AM
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rhodyman(SE PA, USDA Z6)

We don't normally get thrips in the East. It is probably lace bug.

The best cure for lace bug is to plant where there is more shade.

Here is a link that might be useful: Problems and fixes for rhododendrons and azaleas.

    Bookmark   September 10, 2008 at 5:25PM
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