Return to the Azalea & Rhododendron Forum | Post a Follow-Up

Reddish Brown Rhodo Leaves

Posted by MFIX Buff-NY Z5 (My Page) on
Fri, Jun 29, 12 at 10:36

Hey all,

I have a couple of Rhodos along the eastern side of my home, and they recently started turning reddish brown on several leaves each (more red than brown). I have some lamium in the same bed, as well as bugleweed as ground covers, and no other plants. I read that rhodos/azaleas do not like competition from groundcovers (ie pachysandra, myrtle, etc) does anyone think this is the case? An important note is that these were transplanted in early spring from another location, not on my property. I pruned them back to encourage them to develop, and fertilized with hollytone. They did get a nice amount of green growth, following their transplanting. Hope this note helps. Thank you!

Follow-Up Postings:

RE: Reddish Brown Rhodo Leaves

Old leaves turning red is normal.

Yes, rhododendrons do not like competition since they have very shallow roots. Any cultivation or ground cover can set them back. Rhododendron roots are so shallow that I have seen them come up into the mulch if the mulch is too deep.

 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!

Return to the Azalea & Rhododendron Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Please review our Rules of Play before posting.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.

Learn more about in-text links on this page here