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#115669 Aug 21st, 2007 at 10:46 AM
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I need help; I noticed the other day that my rhododendron look just awful and I need to know what to do to get it back to looking good. The poor leaves are dropping and crispy looking. I don't know what is wrong with it. I keep watering it every morning and late in the evening and it still looks the same.

newgardner #115687 Aug 21st, 2007 at 11:16 AM
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Hi, newgardner...
My rhoddies were pathetic, so a friend cut the whole 6 ft bush down to the primary branches about a
foot from the ground. They came back extremely fast and more lush and beautiful when they first bloomed! Don't be afraid to cut them down. kat2007

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Originally Posted by newgardner
I need help; I noticed the other day that my rhododendron look just awful and I need to know what to do to get it back to looking good. The poor leaves are dropping and crispy looking. I don't know what is wrong with it. I keep watering it every morning and late in the evening and it still looks the same.


have you had much rain? or is it extremely hot where you are? they like the shade but even mine in the shade look droopy because of this heat. I too, have cut mine back to the ground before and they come back better than ever. Is it the entire plant or plants? Wonder if you have some type of disease.

Bestofour #115837 Aug 21st, 2007 at 05:24 PM
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WV has a lot of clay in the soil which holds water. If you are watering twice per day, you may be drowning the plants.


I love the sweet scents wafting in the breeze. I stop to admire the vibrant colors of all living things. And people think me odd. Then ODD I am!!!

RugbyHukr #116773 Aug 23rd, 2007 at 07:22 AM
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The whole thing looks as thou it is burnt. I have it in a semi-shaded area. A large tree keeps it shade in the morning but in the afternoon it gets direct sun-light. That is what lead me to believe it has been burnt, because it just happen in one day. We have had several high temp days like in the 100's.I don't know what to do. I had thought about moving it. But my mother says she see's new pods on it and tells me that I can not move it until they are gone. But the poor thing look's as thou it is not going to make it if I don't move it.

Thanks for the help from all.

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leaves will turn brown from over-watering also. i cannot imagine sunburn uless it is extremely newly planted.


I love the sweet scents wafting in the breeze. I stop to admire the vibrant colors of all living things. And people think me odd. Then ODD I am!!!

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Mulch might help. We planted a bunch of new ones years ago, and the leaves were wilting in warm weather - in shade - even with daily watering.

Put mulch down, and the leaves perked the next day with new growth in a week.

If you have mulch already, is it all the leaves, or older inner leaves?

Could be associated with root weevil damage too. In that case, you may see some damage just below the mulch or soil line. If that's the case - its a goner.


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