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    Sun May 29, 2011 11:34 am Groupie
    I have Rhododendrons and Azaleas planted on one side of my house. It's the side that gets the morning/early afternoon sun. All but 1 of them are doing well.

    Here are the pics of my sick one. It has done this for the past couple of years. I don't know what it is or how to fix it. It's not dead b/c there are fresh green leaves coming out but that's all that happens with it.

    Should I give up on it and dig it out? Should I cut off the bad stuff? Is there something I can put on it?
    Sun May 29, 2011 1:03 pm Groupie
    It may be a variety that just doesn't thrive in tyour climate. Did you buy it from a local nursery? If so, I'd suggest talking to them. If it was one of those sold as a flowering potted plant for Mothers' Day, forget about it. I'd take it out and put it out of its misery.
    Another thought: is it near any through-the-wall vents for a water heater or something? It might be getting cooked.
    Sun May 29, 2011 7:11 pm Groupie
    It was a gift years ago so I'm not sure where it came from. It was doing fine for the first couple of years but the last few it has been rough. No there is not vent or anything anywhere near it. The ones on either side of it are fine. So I don't think it is anything environmental. They have the same dirt, the same light, the same exposure.
    Sun May 29, 2011 7:23 pm Groupie
    Mon May 30, 2011 6:17 am Groupie
    I don't have any dogs and I don' see any of the neighborhood dogs in that part of the yard. That's not to say that they never go there, but I have never seen them there or any doodoo or anything. I was going to dig it up but there are a bunch of little green leaf shoots so it is trying to make it.
    Mon May 30, 2011 6:32 am
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    I suspect cercospora leaf spot (a fungus). Cut off all affected areas (even if you end up with very little left) and apply a fungicide (I have heard that you can maintain with one part whole milk to nine parts water, but I have not tried this). If it does not rebound by next year, I would do as Zel suggested and pitch it.

    Oh, and I just love the orange azalea ~ it is gorgeous!!
    Tue May 31, 2011 1:05 pm Groupie
    I have some that look like that too. I applied a fungicide which worked very quickly (can't remember what brand, home depot though) and they are flowering now! It says to reapply every 7-10 days. If anyone knows about the milk trick I hate using harsh chemicals.
    Tue May 01, 2012 4:57 pm Groupie
    ok it's a new year and I finally dug that poor old Rhoddy out. It struggled it's way through last year but I took it out b/c now my OTHER rhoddys are starting to show similar signs. icon_sad.gif Should I apply the fungicide stuff to them or do you think it is in the soil and I should do something to it? I know where my other rhoddys came from. I bought them at a local (not a chain store) garden center and paid $$ for them. I also had a Mountain Laurel in that bed too and IT is looking the same. I dug it out as well. I am afraid that since the mountain laurel and the rhoddys and the azaleas are all a similar species I am going to lose the entire bed. Should I fungicide the soil? each individual plant? My other rhoddys aren't bad, they are just starting to look off and the azaleas haven't leafed out enough yet to tell. Help!!! icon_eek.gif
    Sun May 06, 2012 7:30 pm
    Forum Host
    I would put some of the leaves in a plastic bag and take to the garden center for help. if you have an arboretum or an extension service they might also be able to help. I love my rhododendron, they have been so reliable.
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